HC Deb 06 May 1929 vol 227 c1946
32. Colonel WOODCOCK

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is considering making Regulations for the security and welfare of the public in connection with motor-coaches and chars-a-banc and their protection against fire?

Colonel ASHLEY

Until an opportunity presents itself for introducing fresh legislation, my powers to make comprehensive Regulations in respect of public service vehicles are limited. In August, 1927, I issued a Circular to licensing authorities setting out the constructional requirements for motor omnibuses and motor coaches recommended by the Departmental Committee which had considered the subject. These recommendations have been generally observed by manufacturers in the construction of new vehicles, and have been imposed by many licensing authorities as conditions precedent to the issue of licences to ply for hire. I am considering whether some further recommendations can be made with a view to lessening the risk of fire.


Does my right hon. and gallant Friend consider that the motor char-a-banc in connection with the recent accident conformed to the provisions which have already been issued?

Colonel ASHLEY

I should have to have notice of that question. I must await the result of the inquiry.