§ 52. Mr. HURD
asked the Home Secretary if, in view of the fact that the meters of many taximeter cabs in London are hardly legible, especially on winter days, with the result that mistakes are frequent, he will carry out the promise of his predecessor that this matter should be remedied by the use of larger figures and better lighting?
§ Mr. CLYNES
I think that, generally speaking, the standard of lighting of the meters has been improved, electricity 1844 being now used instead of oil. There are still a number of old types of meter in use, but I am advised that the figures on the dials could not be enlarged except by reconstruction of the whole instrument at great expense. In the case of these meters, particular attention is given to the matter of lighting after dark, and I understand that there have not been recently many complaints as to illegibility of the figures.
§ Mr. HURD
Is it not the right hon. Gentleman's own experience, just as it is the experience of many Members of this House, that it is almost impossible to see what the fare is, on many occasions? In these circumstances, will he ask the police to keep an eye on this matter and report any difficulties?
§ Mr. CLYNES
I agree that my experience justifies the terms of the question, but I think my answer is an indication of improvement.
§ Captain P. MACDONALD
Is it not a fact that large numbers of taxicabs are very antiquated and should be taken off the road?