Oral Answers to Questions — Road Traffic Acts (Enforcement).

– in the House of Commons on 23rd July 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

asked the Home Secretary whether he proposes to take any action to bring before magistrates their responsibility for enforcing the Road Traffic Acts with the utmost rigour of the law?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

No, Sir. For securing greater safety and reducing the number of road accidents importance necessarily attaches to the manner in which courts of summary jurisdiction exercise the extensive powers conferred on them for dealing with offenders against the Road Traffic Acts—but I know of no grounds for the suggestion that magistrates generally are failing to exercise these powers with a proper sense of their public responsibilities.

Photo of Colonel Ralph Glyn Colonel Ralph Glyn , Abingdon

Will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to acquaint the drivers of the Allied Forces in this country with the rules?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I will consider that point.