Oral Answers to Questions — Public Service Vehicles (Speed).

– in the House of Commons on 1st July 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministy of War Transport whether, in view of the need to secure the most economic use of petrol and rubber, and in the interests of public safety, he will instruct regional traffic commissioners to revise the schedules of public service vehicles so as to permit a longer time for journeys?

Photo of Captain John McEwen Captain John McEwen , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

I have been asked to reply. Buses and coaches are already subject to a general maximum speed of 30 miles an hour, or 20 miles an hour in built-up areas during black-out hours. The time schedules of bus and coach services are carefully regulated by the Regional Transport Commissioners from the point of view of speed in relation to conditions on the route. For these reasons it is not considered that a general review as suggested by my hon. Friend is necessary.

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman suggest that these schedules are not causing difficulties for drivers and that they are properly observed, without trouble?

Photo of Captain John McEwen Captain John McEwen , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

Yes, Sir, that is the suggestion that is made.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Will my hon. and gallant Friend cause an authoritative statement to be made as to the effect upon the life of tyres and the consumption of petrol of the speed of motor vehicles?