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Road condition survey excludes truck drivers

15th August 1996
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

by Lee Mother

• Parliament's Transport Select Committee wants industry fit• tires to come forward with reports on the state of the UN's roads and bridges but it isn't interested in the views of truck drivers.

Committee clerk Christopher Stanton says MPs on the committee want to know if roads and bridges are in good repair and whether they can stand up to future demand.

They will also ask how repairs are funded and whether enough money is being made available to keep the network in good condition.

"We've invited the representative organisations to give evidence," says Stanton. "But drivers would be less able to he helpful than they were in the vehicle enforcement inquiry."

He says he has not invited the United Road Transport Union or Drivers' Action Movement to comment, although he expects that they will submit their comments anyway.

Stanton says the select committee is mostly interested in the financial and technical facts behind the bridge strengthening controversy and will not need much new evidence.

"But if people do write in then we won't throw their comments

in the bin," Stanton promises.

El Any drivers who feel the nine hours a day which they spend driving has given them a valuable insight into the state of Britain's roads should write to the committee before 30 September.

Write, enclosing 16 copies of your views, to the Clerk of the Transport Committee, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.

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