HC Deb 27 April 1960 vol 622 c203
32. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make regulations to facilitate free parking of cars by doctors when visiting their patients in parking meter zones.

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Ernest Marples)

I should not consider it right to grant any such general exemption.

Mr. Johnson

Is the Minister aware that it is not so much a question of free parking as being able to park at all, as many parking places are nearly always occupied? Will my right hon. Friend consider making regulations for doctors visiting their patients somewhat on the lines of those for commercial vehicles when loading and unloading?

Mr. Marples

That is another question. The Question on the Order Paper refers to free parking of cars in parking meter zones. That is an entirely different question.

Mr. Lipton

Will the Minister accept as a general principle that it is dangerous and undesirable to have any privileged class of motorists and that all motorists should be treated in exactly the same way?

Mr. Marples

That is what all motorists tell me.

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