§ Mr. Roger King
asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he now expects that the mandatory fitting of coach speed governors will come into force; if their use will be extended to heavy goods vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
Discussions with vehicle and equipment manufacturers and vehicle user groups are underway at the British Standards Institution. I expect a British Standard to be agreed by the end of the year. I will be consulting the coach industry on a timetable to phase in the fitting of the equipment as rapidly as possible and I expect the first vehicles to be fitted during 1987.
Some heavy goods vehicles are voluntarily fitted with speed limiters. We have no plans at present to introduce any legal requirements.