HC Deb 12 February 1941 vol 368 c1343
18. Mr. W. H. Green

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the increase in road fatalities, he will take immediate steps to resume driving tests for applicants for driving licences?

The Minister of Transport (Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon)

No, Sir. I cannot undertake to resume driving tests at present. A number of driving examiners are now serving with His Majesty's Forces, and the remainder cannot he released from their duties in the Ministry's war transport organisation, which in present circumstances must have precedence. Special arrangements are made for the small number of tests required for disabled drivers and tests ordered by a court.

Mr. Green

Does not the Minister agree that he would remove one of the factors leading to the increase of fatalities on the roads?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

There would be a prima facie case leading to that conclusion, but I have never been convinced of it myself.

Mr. Butcher

When the Minister reintroduces driving tests, will he consider introducing walking tests as well?