Motoring Offences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 12th November 1936.

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Photo of Mr Robin Turton Mr Robin Turton , Thirsk and Malton

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the advice given by Mr. Justice Goddard to the York city magistrate at York Assizes, on 9th November, on the interpretation of special circumstances with regard to the suspension or endorsement of driving licences for offences under the Road Traffic Acts; whether he is aware that, notwithstanding his circular issued on 22nd September, considerable uncertainty still exists as to the meaning to be attached to these words; and whether he will cause a copy of Mr. Justice Goddard's observations to be circularised to all benches of magistrates in the country?

Photo of Mr John Simon Mr John Simon , Spen Valley

I have seen a newspaper report of the Judge's remarks, which will no doubt be helpful to magistrates. I recognise the importance of this matter and the question whether there is anything further which my Department can do to assist magistrates is under consideration.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Could the right hon. Gentleman consult the Attorney-General on this matter as he himself has been a victim, having been convicted of exceeding the speed limit and having had his licence endorsed He may therefore have some special interest.