HC Deb 09 May 1928 vol 217 cc218-9
53. Colonel HOWARD-BURY

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that under the new Road Transport (Lighting) Act the official lighting-up time for both front and rear lamps is one hour after sunset; that the lighting Regulations of 1914 are still in force which says that rear identification plates must be illuminated half an hour after sunset; and whether the Regulations will be amended in conformity with the Act?

Colonel ASHLEY

I have been asked to answer this question. Ever since the making of the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations, 1921, the time for the illumination of the rear number plate has been half an hour after sunset, whereas "lighting-up" time, under Section 2 of the Act of 1896, has been one hour after sunset. The Road Transport Lighting Act of last year has the effect of establishing a uniform time of half an hour after sunset for these two operations during the winter months while leaving the position during the summer months unaltered. When next an opportunity presents itself for the amendment in other respects of the Registration and Licensing Regulations, I will consider the desirability of securing uniformity in this respect during the summer months as well.


Can my right hon. and gallant Friend say when these amendments will take place, and can he inform the public in the meantime which is the right regulation to go by?

Colonel ASHLEY

The right regulation is, for the number plate, half an hour, and for the vehicle, one hour.