§ 19. Mr. LENNOX-BOYD
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will amend the Road Traffic Act so that the general public has a right to present its case when an application is made for licences before the area commissioners?
§ The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Mr. Pybus)
The Road Traffic Act already requires the commissioners to take into consideration the representations of local authorities in whose area any part of a route affected is situated, but the hon. Member will appreciate that the public sittings might be prolonged indefinitely if unrestricted rights of addressing the commissioners were given to the general public. In very numerous cases, however, the commissioners have, in the exercise of their discretion, considered representations from local bodies or persons other than local authorities.