§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the planned new regulations for Conveyance of Explosives by Road Regulations will(a) restrict traffic movements during severe weather or during periods of peak traffic, (b) introduce new standards to strengthen gas-carrying vehicles to withstand roll-over accidents, (c) insist on third party insurance that will be adequate to cover accidents such as the one at the Los Alfaques campsite, San Carlos, Spain, (d) impose new requirements for advance warning of planned journeys and routes to emergency services and (e) require escorts for vehicles paid by commercial companies.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
[holding answer 11 April 1989]: The Road Traffic (Carriage of Explosives) Regulations laid before Parliament cover the transport of substances and articles classified as "explosives" only. The flammable gases are not covered. The regulations do not cover the matter of insurance.
The regulations require that where more than 5 tonnes of particular explosives are carried on a vehicle, the route must be agreed with the appropriate chief officer of police. An approved code of practice which gives practical guidance on methods of compliance accompanies the regulations. Vehicle operators undertaking journeys involving explosives should take care in selecting routes, and consider security, roadworks, congestion and weather. Routes through built-up areas should not be used except when necessary to make a delivery. A two-man crew is required on the vehicle. A separate escort vehicle is not.