HC Deb 14 May 1953 vol 515 cc1409-10
42. Mr. Renton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken by the Metropolitan Police to ensure compliance with Section 19 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, and Section 16 of the Road and Rail Traffic Act, 1933, as regards the Metropolitan area.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

The Metropolitan police have standing instructions to require production of the records of work of a goods vehicle driver whenever they have occasion to inspect his driving licence, and they take such action as may be called for if breaches of the law are disclosed. In 1952, 208 prosecutions were taken in the Metropolitan police district under Section 16 of the Road and Rail Traffic Act, 1933, and 1,547 persons were cautioned by letter and a number warned orally for failure to keep such records or cause them to be kept. No police prosecutions were taken under Section 19 of the Traffic Act, 1930; suspected or alleged breaches of this Section are reported to the licensing authority for such action as that authority may consider necessary.

Mr. Renton

Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that the reply he has given completely refutes, so far as the Metropolitan area is concerned, the idle scandalmongering by hon. Gentlemen opposite about the offences against those two Acts?