Some extracts are presented from the British safety council's "second report to members of parliament on vehicle defects". The extracts given deal with the council's experimental vehicle defects hot line, the department of transport attitude, the American reaction, vehicle test data, and a summary of recommendations. The layout of, and questions asked in, the hot line questionnaire are shown. The British safety council concludes that a highly unsatisfactory situation exists in the United Kingdom with regard to safety defects in vehicles on the road and states that people are being injured and killed unnecessarily because of an unrealistic, outdated and complacent attitude by the department of transport. The hot line experiment set up by the council - "operation dud car" demonstrated the widespread public disquiet existing. A list of 10 recommendations is given and includes the following: that the department of transport should send a team of observers to Washington to study the NHTSA and its systems on vehicle defects; that a vehicle defect telephone hot line should be set up immediately; that all investigations into defects should be announced immediately they are set up; and that all crash test data should be available to the consumers who buy their cars. (TRRL)

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    Jour of the Inst of Automotive Eng Assessors, Inc

    1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00311820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1980 12:00AM