HC Deb 12 February 1924 vol 169 c715
12. Sir D. NEWTON

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he is aware that drivers of motor cabs frequently cannot afford to make the necessary lump sum payment demanded for an annual Hackney licence, and are thereby obliged to pay an additional 20 per cent. in tax; and if he is prepared to take the necessary steps to mitigate or remove this grievance?


I am aware of the con tention that the conditions attached to the issue of quarterly licences in some cases act to the disadvantage of owner-drivers of motor cabs, and I understand that this is one of the matters which is at present engaging the attention of the Departmental Committee on the Taxation of Motor Vehicles.


Is it not a fact that ever since the Act has been in operation owner-drivers have been subjected to this additional tax by virtue of paying quarterly; and will the hon. Gentleman do all he can to see that this burden on the individual owners is removed?


Perhaps the hon. Member will see me privately about that point.