Motor Drivers (Test).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 27th November 1928.

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Photo of Sir Louis Smith Sir Louis Smith , Sheffield, Hallam


asked the Minister of Transport whether, having regard to the ever increasing number of motor accidents caused by inexperienced drivers, he will make it compulsory for a would-be driver of either a motor-car or motor-cycle to pass a suitable and thorough test before receiving a driving licence?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , New Forest and Christchurch

I have no power to make applicants for driving licences submit to a driving test, and so far as I am aware, there is no evidence to show that any substantial proportion of motor accidents are due to any want of capacity on the part of drivers such as would be disclosed by a test of this kind.

Photo of Mr James Thomas Mr James Thomas , Derby

Could the right hon. Gentleman give publicity to the fact that the statistics of his Department show the tremendous advantage of travelling by railway?