HC Deb 24 March 1927 vol 204 cc537-8
9. Colonel DAY

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that many motorists have complained, when being caught in a speed trap, that they have no opportunity of comparing the measursed distance over which they are alleged to have exceeded the speed limit; and will he consider giving instructions to the police officers in charge of the speed-limit trap for motorists that motorists should be informed of where the trap is in existence so that they can check the distance if they desire?


The police instructions provide that the officers timing, if so requested, are to show their chronographs, and state the situation of the controls.

Lieut.-Colonel HOWARD-BURY

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of entirely abolishing these unnecessary and un-English methods?


It might strengthen my hands if the hon. and gallant Member could suggest some method of abolishing the unnecessary and unreasonable practice of disobeying the law of the land.


Having regard to the improvements which have taken place recently as compared with earlier times, does the right hon. Gentleman not think that it would be better that the 20-mile limit should be done away with, and punish people who drive to the danger of the public?


That question does not arise.