HC Deb 13 July 1938 vol 338 cc1321-2
62 Mr. Conant

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will impose a time limit upon the holders of provisional driving licences, since the whole purpose of the driving test is defeated if those unable to pass the test are permitted indefinitely to take out provisional licences?

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Burgin)

I am afraid I cannot adopt this suggestion, which would involve legislation; I do not agree that the existing provisions are nugatory.

Mr. Conant

Has not my right hon. Friend some suggestion by which those who are not able either now or in the future to pass the driving test can be kept off the roads in the interests of safety?

Mr. Burgin

If any one obtains a provisional licence he has to drive with someone who has passed the test or with someone who has been driving for two years, and he must wear an "L" certificate on his vehicle. I think that that is a sufficient deterrent.

Mr. Conant

Would my right hon. Friend ask the police to enforce that rule to a greater extent than they do?

Mr. Burgin

The enforcement of the law does not come under my Department. It is a matter for the Home Office.

Mr. Garro Jones

Has the right hon. Gentleman observed the number of oars bearing the "L" sign which stand outside public houses at the week-end?