Hired Motor Cars and Taxi-Cabs (Radius Limit).

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that hirers of motor cars and taxi-cab drivers in the provinces have no radius limit for journeys such as obtains in the Metropolitan area; and will he apply a similar maximum mileage to the provinces?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

Radial restrictions on the use of private hire cars apply both in the Metropolitan police area and the provinces. As regards taxi-cabs I would refer to the reply given to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for South Portsmouth (Sir J. Lucas) yesterday.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Will the hon. Gentleman take note of the fact that taxi-drivers in Cheltenham tell me they are compelled at present by the law to take passengers to dog races from Cheltenham to Bristol and back again, a matter of 85 miles, and is that to be allowed?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

The answer given yesterday dealt with that point.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Can the hon. Gentleman say what steps are being taken to implement the pledge which he gave on 17th March to Parliament contemporaneously with the ending of the basic petrol ration to put an end to the hire and driving of motor vehicles in this way?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

It has, been decided to include taxi-cabs in the Order.