HC Deb 29 October 1918 vol 110 c1277

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the Commissioner of Police is stopping cabs from working in London as unfit for public use because they are not fitted with a steel-studded tyre on one of the front wheels although steel-studded tyres are not procurable owing to the requirements of the Government; and whether, seeing that a rubber non-skidding tyre is more efficient in the case of skidding and in order to keep the cab service of London as efficient as possible, he will permit a rubber non-skid to be used on the front wheel in place of a steel-studded tyre?


The Commissioner of Police informs me that only studded tyres have passed the tests for preventing or limiting side slip, and his tests have shown that no type of non-studded tyre is really effective for that purpose. In view, however, of the present shortage of studded tyres, he is prepared to sanction the use of a rubber non-skid tyre on the front wheel in place of a studded one until the latter type is again available in sufficient quantities.