HC Deb 26 October 1908 vol 194 c1569

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police have any instructions to enforce any particular speed limit upon motor vehicles in the main thoroughfares of the metropolitan area; and, if so, can he state what those instructions are.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) The speed of motor omnibuses and other heavy motors varies from six to twelve miles an hour, according to the construction of the vehicle, under regulations made by the Local Government Board. The speed of light motors is subject to the maximum of twenty miles an hour, save in royal parks, where it is ten, and in certain other places, where the speed of all motor traffic is restricted to ten miles an hour by order of the Local Government Board, made at the request of the local authority. The speed of tramcars is regulated by the Board of Trade, and varies from four to sixteen miles an hour, according to the circumstances of each portion of the track. The police have instructions to enforce all these limits as effectively as possible.