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Is my right hon. Friend aware that defendants are frequently seriously embarrassed in their defence through not receiving any notice that a charge will be preferred until a considerable time after the date of the alleged offence?
Has my right hon. Friend taken into consideration the silent trap by which, after a, lapse of a week, a man is expected to remember the pace at which he travelled over a measured distance during a period of one minute?
Under Section 6 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, the court before which a person is convicted of any criminal offence in connection with the driving of a motor vehicle (not being an offence under Part IV of the Act) may order particulars of the conviction to be endorsed on the offender's licence, and my hon. Friend's suggestion would, therefore, involve the hearing of nearly all such charges by specially constituted courts. I know of no sufficient reason for the adoption of any such proposal.
Does not my right hon. Friend consider that it would be an advantage if the defendants in these alleged motoring offences could be tried by benches of magistrates who are themselves qualified drivers?
I think the question which is at issue in these cases is a very proper one to be dealt with by ordinary justices. After all, the court has to consider the interests of the public as well as of motorists.