Oral Answers to Questions — Motor Vehicles (Speed Limit).

– in the House of Commons on 12th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport, whether, in view of the proposed curtailment in the distribution of petrol, he will institute a speed-limit throughout the country for commercial vehicles, whether private or Government, of 25 miles per hour, and for other vehicles of 35 miles per hour, thus ensuring a large reduction in the consumption of petrol?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

Under the Regulations now in force, the speed of commercial vehicles is already restricted at all times to a maximum of 30 m.p.h, or less according to their type. Other vehicles are restricted to 30 m.p.h. in built-up areas. All vehicles are restricted to 20 m.p.h. in built-up areas in the black-out. Against any saving which might result from the further restrictions which my hon. Friend proposes, there would have to be offset the slowing up of vital traffic concerned with the war effort. For this reason I am not convinced, that there would, on balance, be any advantage in their adoption.

Photo of Mr Reginald Purbrick Mr Reginald Purbrick , Liverpool, Walton

Are steps being taken to see that the Regulations as they now exist are being enforced and to stop lorries being driven along the roads at 40 to 50 miles an hour, which is quite unnecessary?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

The police always do their best to ensure that the Regulations are observed.