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RoSPA urge tacho rethink

29th July 1977, Page 5
29th July 1977
Page 5
Page 5, 29th July 1977 — RoSPA urge tacho rethink
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THE Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has urged the Government to change its mind over the tachograph.

In a letter to Transport Minister William Rodgers, the Society urges him to order all lorry and coach operators to instal tachographs.

For the Society's road safety committee has decided that the instrument does have a safety value.

And the committee includes representatives of motoring organisations, manufacturers, local authorities, police and the Department of Transport.

But a spokesman for the DTp told CM, this week, it was "highly unlikely" that the letter would alter the Minis ter's position on tachos.

"The Minister's position on the subject has been made quite clear and it is doubtful whether this letter will make much difference."

Recently, Transport and General Workers Union senior official Alan Law denied the tacho had any safety benefits, and called the instrument "a dead duck."

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