§ CAPTAIN JESSEL (St. Pancras, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police have received instructions to prevent empty cabs from driving along the Strand at a trot as well as at a walk; and, if so, whether he is aware that the deputation, lately received by him, went away under the impression that the regulation as to trotting in the Strand would be rescinded?
THE SECRETARY OF STATE von THE HOME DEPARTMENT
The instructions to the police are that they should enforce the law against loitering or plying for hire in certain streets where the congestion of traffic makes a strict observance of the law necessary in the public interest. A cabman who makes his horse trot is not ipso facto exempt from the obligations of the law. Nothing that was said to the deputation is inconsistent with this view.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT
The present law does not apply to 'bus traffic, as to which I am seeking some further powers in the Bill I am about to introduce.