HC Deb 23 October 1950 vol 478 cc2459-60
3. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Transport if he has considered the desirability of compelling drivers over a certain age to undergo a further driving test; and what decision he has reached.

Mr. Barnes

Yes, Sir, and my present view is that the introduction of legislation to impose such a requirement would not be justified.

Mr. Shepherd

Is the Minister not aware that, with the increasing number of cars on the roads and the lack of further road improvement facilities, driving is becoming more and more hazardous? Should there not be some safeguard of this kind?

Mr. Barnes

I am, unfortunately, aware of the increase in accidents, but I do not think that that would justify me in introducing a new series of tests for persons of a certain age, especially when the examiners' department is rather hard pressed to deal with current applications.

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