HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 cc324-5W
89. Mr. Alasdair Mackenzie

asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the fact that the forthcoming legislation to confine road hauliers to a 100-mile radius will cause hardship and inconvenience in the Highlands of Scotland, if she will ensure that the interests of hauliers and the general public will be safeguarded in the new legislation.

Mrs. Castle

My proposal, as set out in the White Paper on the Transport of Freight, is to require all road hauliers carrying goods for more than 100 miles between any two points, in lorries of over 16 tons gross weight, to apply for a quantity licence. The arrangements for obtaining such licences will ensure that the quality of transport services will not be diminished and there will be no uneconomic transfer of traffic to rail.