§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to bring to the attention of haulage contractors the requirement to install sideguards on heavy goods vehicles; and what steps he has taken to monitor their effectiveness.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The regulations have had very wide publicity and I believe haulage contractors know their legal obligations. The effect should in due course show in a reduction in the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed or severely injured by heavy goods vehicles. This is monitored through the accident reporting system.