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Trailers (Rear Lights)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 3 March 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether efforts are being made to unify the arrangements now in force in the three Service Departments in regard to the provision of front and rear lights on trailers on roads during darkness; why, as one of the Service Departments finds it possible to comply with the lighting provisions required for civilian vehicles, the other services fail to do so; and, in view of the danger to other drivers and the many accidents which have occurred at night owing to unlighted trailers, will he endeavour to obtain agreement to adopt the lighting applicable to trailers in civil use?

The number, and, in certain cases, the type of trailer in use by the War Department and R.A.F. present special difficulties in adaptation to comply with the civilian lighting regulations. In conjunction with my Noble Friend the Minister of War Transport, however, I am raising the matter with the Departments concerned.