HC Deb 30 October 1957 vol 575 cc194-5
33. Mr. Page

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if, for the purpose of a licence to drive a motor vehicle, he will initiate a regulation excluding heavy motor cars from Group A, placing them in a separate group and requiring applicants for a licence for such vehicles to pass a test showing competence to drive that type of vehicle.

Mr. Nugent

No, Sir, I do not consider that there are sufficient grounds for doing so.

Mr. Page

Is it not a fact that at present a young man can take his test in, for example, a "bubble" car, and the very next day after passing that test drive a heavy petrol tanker? Was it not the case before the war that there was a separate test? Ought not this to be resumed now that the Minister has legalised higher speeds for these heavy vehicles?

Mr. Nugent

No. I do not think there is sufficient evidence to show that there is necessity for a separate test for the drivers of these heavy goods vehicles. In the main, the standard of driving by these drivers is exceptionally high.

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