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Spray (Lorries And Coaches)

Volume 82: debated on Monday 8 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what progress he is making in developing methods of reducing lateral and rear sprays from lorries and coaches driving in wet conditions.

My right hon. Friend made regulations last November which require new lorries and existing heavy trailers to be fitted with antispray devices conforming to the British standard BS AU 200, by various dates starting in May this year. These regulations are a first step, and my right hon. Friend will be ready to revise them in the light of technical progress. Buses are already fitted with comprehensive wheel guards and are not included in the scope of the regulations.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents in 1984 were attributed to wet road conditions, including lateral and rear sprays from lorries and coaches.

Details of accident causes and spray from vehicles are not identified in accident report. However, road surface conditions are recorded. Provisional figures show there were 81,827 accidents on wet or damp roads and 322 accidents on flooded roads in Great Britain during 1984.