HC Deb 20 December 1934 vol 296 cc1361-2W

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will warn proprietors of shops, hotels, restaurants and theatres that they must make their own provision for the storage of the motor cars of their customers in view of the obstruction now being caused by the storage of motor cars in public thoroughfares in the absence of sufficient garage accommodation; and whether any adequate provision is proposed in the interests of owner-drivers?


I have frequently stated my acceptance of the view that the King's highway is constructed and maintained at the public expense to provide a free passage for traffic, and that owners desirous of leaving their vehicles should, wherever possible, use garages. I fear that I have no statutory power to exact the requirement suggested, but I do take every opportunity of urging upon promoters of new buildings, likely to attract numbers of vehicles, that, wherever practicable, they should provide facilities for parking, loading or unloading off the public highway.

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