Motor-Driving Tests.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 12th February 1941.

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Photo of Mr Walter Green Mr Walter Green , Deptford

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the increase in road fatalities, he will take immediate steps to resume driving tests for applicants for driving licences?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon , Wallasey

No, Sir. I cannot undertake to resume driving tests at present. A number of driving examiners are now serving with His Majesty's Forces, and the remainder cannot he released from their duties in the Ministry's war transport organisation, which in present circumstances must have precedence. Special arrangements are made for the small number of tests required for disabled drivers and tests ordered by a court.

Photo of Mr Walter Green Mr Walter Green , Deptford

Does not the Minister agree that he would remove one of the factors leading to the increase of fatalities on the roads?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon , Wallasey

There would be a prima facie case leading to that conclusion, but I have never been convinced of it myself.

Photo of Sir Herbert Butcher Sir Herbert Butcher , Holland with Boston

When the Minister reintroduces driving tests, will he consider introducing walking tests as well?