§ Mr. D. Smith
asked the Minister of Transport if he now proposes to increase the speed limit for goods vehicles and for cars towing trailers.
§ Mr. Marples
Yes. I have consulted the interested bodies and organisations and considered the views expressed by them. As a result I propose to amend the First Schedule to the Road Traffic Act so as to increase from 30 m.p.h. to 40 m.p.h. the speed limit applicable to all normal type goods vehicles not drawing trailers and to cars and light goods vehicles drawing caravans and certain other types of light trailer. I propose also that the speed limit fox other goods vehicles drawing trailers should be raised to 30 m.p.h., and certain adjustments made to the present speed limits for tractors and other special vehicles. I am not proposing to make any alteration in the speed limit for invalid carriages pending a general review of the regulations applying to these vehicles.
These changes cannot be effective until they have been approved by Resolution of each House of Parliament. I will seek such approval as soon as possible after the Recess.