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Dangerous Loads

Volume 476: debated on Monday 26 June 1950

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the number of large and awkward loads, which contribute a danger to other traffic, now being transported on main roads, often without police or other escort; and whether he will amend the regulations in order to limit such traffic to that which cannot be transported by-rail or coastal shipping.

I have no evidence that the transport of these loads is an appreciable source of accidents. The relevant regulations require prior notice of their movement to be given to police and highway authorities in appropriate cases, and other safeguards are provided. It would be administratively impracticable to determine in individual cases whether it would be possible or reasonable for such loads to be conveyed by alternative means of transport.