§ Mr. Hayman
asked the Minister of Transport when the last check of heavy lorries by a team of his engineers took place on each of routes A.30 and A.38 in Devonshire; and what were the results.318W
§ Mr. Marples
The last check on A.30 in Devonshire was at Okehampton on 21st July. Twenty-six vehicles were examined and 13 prohibition notices were issued, two of them with immediate effect. On A.38 the last check was on 14th July, at Cullompton. Twenty-three vehicles were examined and 13 prohibition notices were issued, two with immediate effect.
§ Sir B. Janner
asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the risk to life and limb arising from the conditions of disrepair of many heavy lorries, of his recent statement on this subject, and of the results of spot checks recently made on such lorries, what further measures he now proposes to deal with the situation; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Marples
I had a meeting last week with leading members of the haulage industry when I expressed to them my great concern at the state of affairs disclosed by the intensified checks on heavy lorries that we are now conducting. The representatives of the industry shared my concern and various possible courses of action are being examined as a matter of urgency by their organisations and by my Department. We were also agreed that plans for plating and for the regular inspection of heavy goods vehicles should be pressed on as quickly as possible.