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Street Motor Traffic (Mud-Guards)

Volume 65: debated on Monday 20 July 1914

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asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he has any power, by means of Order or Regulation or otherwise, to prevent or diminish the nuisance resulting from the splashing of mud in the streets of towns by the wheels of heavy and other motor vehicles; and whether, in view of the repeated complaints to his Department during the last two years of the Oldham and other corporations and district councils and chambers of trade and commerce of the country, he can say whether there is any prospect of anything being done in the matter at an early date?

A Regulation requiring the provision of a mud-guard would not be beyond the powers of the Local Government Board under the Motor Car Acts. I understand that no suitable device has yet been found.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that very efficient mud-guards are being used in Paris?

The efficiency of that device is being investigated at the present time.