HC Deb 16 June 1982 vol 25 cc295-6W
19. Mr. Cadbury

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he is satisfied that there are sufficient means to ensure that goods vehicles comply with regulations relating to maximum permitted weights.

Mr. Eyre

No. that is why additional traffic examiners are being appointed and expenditure on the provision of dynamic weighbridges is planned nearly to double this year. I am looking for a substantial increase in the number of vehicles check-weighed.

20. Mr. Sainsbury

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether, as a result of the Armitage report, there has been any assessment made of the regional impact of variations in the permitted maximum weight of lorries.

Mr. Eyre

My right hon. Friend's proposals will bring benefits throughout the country by making road haulage more efficient and industry more competitive through fewer lorry journeys for a given amount of freight. These benefits are particularly important for the areas which face longer journeys to the major markets and thus higher shipping costs.

22. Mr. Beaumont-Dark

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what further views he has received from representatives of British industry concerning the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Armitage report relating to heavy lorries.

Mr. Eyre

I have received many representations from British industry in support of the Armitage inquiry's recommendations to maintain and develop the economic benefits of heavy lorries and to reduce their adverse effects on people and the environment.

24. Mr. Sheerman

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce legislation to require heavy goods vehicles to have front under-run guards to protect car occupants in car to heavy goods vehicle accidents.

Mrs. Chalker

I shall consider introducing legislation on front under-run guards when effective devices have been developed to provide adequate protection in head-on collisions.

36. Mr. Hal Miller

asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce his proposals on lorry weights.

38. Mr. Kenneth Carlisle

asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision on the recommendations of the Armitage report.

Mr. David Howell

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave earlier today to my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Mr. McNair-Wilson).

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