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Dangerous Road Surfaces

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what nation-wide costs he expects to be incurred in accidents and vehicle damage as a result of the increasingly dangerous road surfaces predicted in the Transport and Road Research Laboratory report 910.

This report does not predict increasingly dangerous road surfaces. It describes new methods of measuring axle loadings of commercial vehicles, which it finds have increased on our most heavily trafficked roads. It quantifies a trend which has been observed for some years and which is reflected in the standards we now apply to the construction and maintenance of heavily trafficked roads.