HC Deb 14 March 1922 vol 151 c2003W
Viscount CURZON

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the danger caused to the public by the emission of exhaust steam and small cinders from certain steam-driven vehicles; and whether action can be taken by the police to prevent this?


The police are unable to deal with the emission of smoke or visible vapour if it be due to temporary or accidental causes. The only present legal remedy for the emission of small cinders is under Section 13 of the Locomotives Act, 1861, for using a locomotive which causes a public or a private nuisance. The procedure is by indictment, and too cumbersome for casual offences. I understand that this question has been before the Ministry of Transport Committee on Taxation and Regulation of Road Vehicles.