HC Deb 13 May 1947 vol 437 cc145-6W
Mr. Sharp

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the civilian traffic regulations have been amended to permit the use of ex-R.A.F. road tank vehicles, types 854 and 0854; or what action he is taking in the matter.

Mr. Ede

I am concerned with vehicles of these types only when they are used to carry petroleum spirit on the public roads. During the war an Order was made by my predecessor permitting the use by the Petroleum Board of vehicles of type 0854 for carrying petroleum spirit. This Order is still in force, but as at present advised I do not propose to extend it to vehicles other than those operated by the Board.

13. Mr. Sharp

asked the Minister of Supply whether ex-R.A.F. road tank vehicles, types 854 and 0854, are being sold by his Department at public auctions as vehicles which do not contravene civilian traffic regulations.

Mr. Wilmot

No, Sir. As surplus vehicles may not be immediately roadworthy or may be of special design, all purchasers at auctions are required to give a signed undertaking not to use the vehicle on the road until it complies with the Acts and regulations relating to construction, equipment and use.

Mr. Sharp

asked the Minister of Transport what action he has taken to advise road hauliers that ex-R.A.F. road tank vehicles, types 854 and 0854, contravene civilian traffic regulations; and whether such vehicles are being used without the necessary adaptations.

Mr. Barnes

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply has indicated the conditions under which ex-Service vehicles are sold by his Department. I cannot undertake to advise hauliers how they should modify particular types of vehicles such as those mentioned so that they may lawfully be used on roads. It is an offence to use vehicles on the roads which do not comply with the requirements of the Construction and Use Regulations

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