§ 23. Captain STRICKLAND
asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the conviction and fine by the Bletchley bench of magistrates of a road transport company for refusing to allow their driver to have their twin-tyred lorry weighed on a portable weighing machine not capable of taking both tyres at once, with the consequent risk of tyre damage, although the road inspector admitted that the driver offered to take his vehicle for weighing to a properly-constructed weighbridge; and whether he will take steps to provide for such procedure to be followed in any future cases of a similar nature?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of TRANSPORT (Captain Austin Hudson)
My attention has been drawn to the case to which I assume my hon. and gallant Friend refers, but I must not be taken as accepting the statement that the inspector of the Buckinghamshire County Council admitted that the driver offered to go to another weighbridge. As regards the second part of the question, I am advised that the risk of tyre damage in such circumstances is negligible, and my right hon. Friend therefore proposes to take no action on the lines suggested.