§ 54. Sir ARTHUR FELL
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if his attention has been called to the heavy fines being inflicted on the owners of motor lorries in country districts for exceeding a speed of five miles an hour when they are drawing trailers; if a speed of eight or nine miles an hour is absolutely necessary if this method of transport is to continue; if the engines and framework are ruined if the speed of five miles only is insisted on; and if he will take steps to save this industry from such fines?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of TRANSPORT (Mr. Neal)
No special complaints have been received on the subject of the fines referred to in my hon. Friend's question, and in any case the Minister of Transport has no right to interfere with the discretion of the magistrates. The Departmental Committee on the Regulation of Road Vehicles have recommended increased speeds for certain types of lorries and trailers in paragraph 123 of their Second Interim Report., and these recommendations are now under consideration.
§ Sir A. FELL
Will these Regulations be sent round to the magistrates, otherwise the whole of the work this House has done will be rendered absolutely nugatory?