HC Deb 14 December 1939 vol 355 cc1271-2W
Colonel Baldwin-Webb

asked the Minister of Transport whether in view of the fact that the present minimum age at which a licence can be granted to a man to drive an agricultural tractor is 21, that the great majority of young men of the ages of 2I and 22 have been called up for military service, and that there are many young men under the age of 21 who are quite capable of and competent to drive tractors, he can make special arrangements at an early date to lower the minimum age at which tractor-driving is permissible?

Captain Wallace

I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that no age limit is prescribed for driving an agricultural tractor on a farm or on a road in the course of the internal operations of a farm. I cannot see my way to seeking powers to vary the provisions of the Road Traffic Acts which, except in the circumstances mentioned, prohibit the driving of tractors on roads by persons under 21 years of age.