HC Deb 25 April 1932 vol 265 cc35-6

asked the Minister of Transport how the traffic commissioners are reaching a decision as to what constitutes an unremunerative motor-coach service; and whether, in so doing, they will ascertain what is a reasonable operating cost?


I understand that the traffic commissioners reach their decision after considering the receipts per vehicle-mile and other relevant circumstances, such as fair conditions for the employés, including wages and hours, and a proper allowance for depreciation. These are factors in any estimate of what forms a remunerative service, but the hon. Member will appreciate that conditions vary considerably in different parts of the country.


asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the commencement of the motor-coach season, the traffic commissioners are taking steps, and, if so, of what nature, to ascertain the measure of public support given to the road services sanctioned; and whether such services are adequate, both in respect of their number and of the vehicles permitted to be employed?


Any person may apply to the traffic commissioners for a licence to commence a new road passenger service or for the variation of an existing service. It is then for the applicant to satisfy the commissioners as to the need for the proposed service or variation.