§ Mr. Roger King
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to publish the Transport and Road Research Laboratory's findings on road-friendly suspension systems for 40-tonne trucks.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
We attach high importance to road-friendly suspensions on all vehicles. We are encouraging the use of air suspensions particularly on the heaviest articulated lorries. I am sending to my hon. Friend and placing in the Library copies of the two most recent reports published by the Transport and Road256W Research Laboratory about relevant research on suspensions and the dynamic relationship between axles and the road. This forms part of the case Britain is arguing internationally to secure vehicles that are more road-friendly.