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Abs Brakes

Volume 181: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to make it mandatory for motor manufacturers to fit ABS brakes as standard equipment on all new vehicles.

[holding answer Monday 19 November 1990]: Under regulations made in September anti-lock brakes will be mandatory on all vehicles in the following categories manufactured on or after 1 October 1990:

  • Motor Vehicles over 16 tonnes authorised to tow trailers over 10 tonnes;
  • Trailers over 10 tonnes; and
  • Inter-urban coaches.

Compulsory fitment of anti-lock brakes to other categories of vehicle depends on Community agreement. But we are encouraging the wider use of anti-lock braking, particularly on motorcycles.