HC Deb 30 July 1951 vol 491 cc948-9
40. Mr. George Jeger

asked the Minister of Transport what action is being taken to prevent motor cars proved to be unroadworthy from operating on the roads where they are a menace to road safety.

Mr. Barnes

it is an offence under the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations. 1947, to use on the roads any motor vehicle which is in such a condition that it is likely to cause danger to any person on the vehicle or on a road. The enforcement of these regulations is a matter for the police.

Mr. Jeger

is my right hon. Friend aware that the only penalty which can be imposed under those Regulations is a fine for driving to the danger of the public and that it does not prevent unroadworthy vehicles being used again and again if their drivers can manage to evade the police and a second fine? Could not these Regulations be strengthened to prevent those vehicles from being used again once a fine on those grounds has been imposed?

Mr. Barnes

i am aware of many of the defects in this direction and my Committee on Road Safety recommended an amendment of the road traffic laws, which I will consider when an opportunity for legislation arises.