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Motor Skidding Accidents

Volume 166: debated on Wednesday 28 November 1906

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TO ask the President of the Local Government Board whether, in order to avoid accidents owing to the skidding of rubber-tyred wheels, he will include within Clause 7 of the Heavy Motor Car Order, 1904, vehicles with wheels having wooden tyres, which do not skid. (Answered by Mr. John Burns.) Article VII. of the Order limits the speed at which a heavy motor car can be driven on a highway to eight miles an hour, but contains provisoes which allow a higher rate of speed in certain cases. I presume the proposal is that the second of these provisoes, which applies to cases where a car has all its wheels fitted with pneumatic tyres or with tyres made of a soft or elastic material, shall be extended to cars with wooden tyres. I am not, however, at present prepared to give effect to this suggestion.