Royal Observer Corps Cars (Lifts to Pedestrians).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 8th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the Secretary of State for Air why members of the Royal Observer Corps holding "G" licences are forbidden to give lifts to soldiers, to carry children to school, or make themselves useful in any such way, even though their cars may be nearly empty; and will he take steps to avoid this waste of petrol?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

"G" certificates are issued to members of the Royal Observer Corps, as to other servants of the Crown who do not receive petrol for private purposes, to enable them to carry out their official duties. For this purpose the certificates take the place of excise licences and the carrying of unauthorised passengers would be an offence involving penalties for driving an unlicensed vehicle.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Is not giving a lift to a purely private soldier in the interests of the country?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I can only tell my hon. Friend what the law is, and I am advised that it would be an offence against the law.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Is not this a case where the law is rather an ass?