Road Vehicles (Speed).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 19th May 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ronw Hughes Mr Ronw Hughes , Carmarthen

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will take drastic steps to reduce the speeds of all Army vehicles on the roads of this country with a view to extensive economies on petrol, oil, tyres and upkeep?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The speed limits on almost all types of Army vehicles have very recently been reduced.

Photo of Mr Ronw Hughes Mr Ronw Hughes , Carmarthen

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that every day War Department vehicles are to be seen carrying on their backs notices that the maximum speed is 50 or 60 miles an hour, but that those speeds are too often regarded by their drivers as the normal cruising speed, and that the wear and tear on tyres at 60 miles per hour is four times as great as at 30 miles an hour?

Mr. Davidson:

Will the Minister increase the speed limit inside the War Office?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I do not think that any of the speed limits are now as high as 60 miles an hour. There have been discussions in this House as to the methods adopted in enforcing these speed limits, and as far as my information goes the traffic discipline in the Army is now very much better than it has ever been.