§ Colonel DAY
asked the Minister of Transport whether any steps have been taken, or contemplated, with a view to London motor omnibuses adopting four-wheel brakes and pneumatic tyres?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I have been asked to reply to this question. The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, who is the licensing authority for motor omnibuses in the Metropolitan Police District, fully approves of the fitting of omnibuses with front wheel brakes and pneumatic tyres provided that vehicles so fitted can pass the tests which he imposes to ensure their safety in use; one type of single-deck omnibus has already passed the test and JO of this type are to be tried in actual service. Of these four are already running. There are also a number of single-deck omnibuses in service in the Metropolis with pneumatic tyres but without front wheel brakes; but 847W no satisfactory type of double-deck omnibus, with either pneumatic tyres or front wheel brakes, has yet been submitted for the Commissioner's approval.