HC Deb 26 April 1948 vol 450 cc8-9
17. Mr. John E. Haire

asked the Minister of Transport if he is now in a position to announce a decision on the number of standing passengers to be permitted in buses.

16. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement about increasing the maximum number of passengers permitted to stand in public road vehicles.

Mr. Barnes

Yes, Sir; in agreement with both sides of the industry I have made an order to authorise the carrying of not more than eight standing passengers, instead of five, during the peak traffic periods or in circumstances where undue hardship would be caused if the extra passengers were not carried. The order, which will come into force on Monday, 10th May, is being laid before the House today.

Mr. Haire

Is my right hon. Friend aware that his answer will give very great satisfaction, but that he will give much greater satisfaction if he will do all he can to increase the number of buses, specially in the rural areas?