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Speed Limits

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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104.

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware that the manufacturers of heavy goods vehicles in this country suffer handicaps in the export trade by reason of the fact that an unrealistic speed limit of 20 miles per hour is imposed upon such vehicles in this country; and whether he will call an early conference with such manufacturers with a view to improving the position in this respect.

Representatives of manufacturers of heavy goods vehicles have already made representations to me on several occasions. I do not think a further meeting with them would be likely to carry matters further at the present time.

105.

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what changes have been made in the application of speed limits to various categories of road vehicles since the passage of the Road Traffic Act, 1930; and what steps were taken in each case to obtain the approval of the trade unions concerned.

The First Schedule of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, in which the speed limits for various classes of motor vehicles were laid down, was replaced by a new schedule in the Road Traffic Act, 1934. In addition, regulations under Section 10 (4) of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, varying the speed limits laid down by the 1934 Schedule were made in 1937, 1938, 1940 and 1950. Section 111 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, requires the Minister to consult representative organisations before making regulations, and the appropriate trade unions have been amongst those consulted on these occasions.