HC Deb 14 February 1917 vol 90 c645W

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the shortage of doctors which now necessitates their journeying considerable distances to visit patients, he will consider the advisability of the speed limits for motor cars being waived so as to reduce the time spent en route; and whether, in view of the restricted lighting and the difficulties of transit at night, in order to facilitate doctors when visiting urgent cases, they may be permitted to use unobscured headlights on their motor cars?


I have no authority to waive the speed limit for motor-cars. In framing the Orders as to lights on vehicles special regard has been paid to the requirements of doctors and others who have occasion to travel by road at night. The Orders now in force allow the use of sufficient light for safe driving at ordinary speed, and I do not see my way to authorise the use of unrestricted headlights as the hon. Member suggests.