Motoring Offences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 14th December 1933.

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Photo of Mr Bertram Falle Mr Bertram Falle , Portsmouth North

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asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the conviction at Bow Street, on 9th December, of a motor driver who pleaded guilty to being drunk and driving dangerously in New Oxford Street, for which he was fined £14 3s. and disqualified from holding a licence for 12 months; and whether he will circularise magistrates generally suggesting that persons convicted of such offences should be permanently deprived of driving licences?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

The case to which the hon. Baronet refers had not come to my notice. I could not suggest to magistrates that in dealing with such cases they should refrain from exercising any discretion, and that disqualification for life, or indeed for any other period, should be ordered without regard to the circumstances.

Photo of Mr James Lovat-Fraser Mr James Lovat-Fraser , Lichfield

Will the right hon. Gentleman make himself acquainted with the facts in the case—a very scandalous one?