HC Deb 06 April 1909 vol 3 cc902-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the speed at which taxi-cabs habitually travel in the streets of London, and the number of accidents daily occurring; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?


Yes, Sir; these matters are engaging my attention and that of the Commissioner of Police. The Commissioner has under consideration the question of providing additional safeguards for the public, and hopes to be able to check the excessive speed of public motor vehicles by requiring the use of an apparatus which will give audible warning when the speed limit of the vehicle is exceeded.


May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman's attention has been called to the speed at which motors travel during foggy weather—during the recent foggy weather, for instance.


Oh, yes; the speed is excessive very often in clear as well as in foggy weather.