Casual Lifts (Armed Forces).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Sir Smedley Crooke Sir Smedley Crooke , Birmingham Deritend

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the action of the police in country districts, who stop drivers of motor vehicles carrying trade plates because they were giving lifts to members of His Majesty's Forces, threatening prosecution for breaking the regulations; and whether, in view of the fact that His Majesty's Government have urged motorists to help serving men in this way, he will revise the regulations in order that such helpful action shall be within the law?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

Limited trade plates are granted only for special trade purposes, and as the duty payable upon them is very much lower than that payable on a fully licensed vehicle it is necessary to safeguard the revenue against abuse. I am, however, considering some amendment of the regulations so as to enable casual lifts to be given to members of His Majesty's Forces in uniform in vehicles being properly used under limited trade plates.