Oral Answers to Questions — Road Transport (Speed Limit)

– in the House of Commons on 9th December 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Oldfield Mr William Oldfield , Manchester, Gorton

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether in view of his appeal to reduce the speed of transport, any steps have been taken to alter the schedules to enable a more moderate speed of all road transport, or what action is to be taken apart from the appeal seeing that men must run to the schedules?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

Motor omnibuses and coaches are already subject to a general maximum speed limit of 30 miles an hour in daylight, and of 20 miles an hour in built-up areas after dark. The time schedules of all omnibus and coach services operated under road service licences or permits are regulated by the Regional Transport Commissioners. In approving these schedules Regional Transport Commissioners give full consideration to speed in relation to the driving conditions on the route which each service follows. For this reason, I do not think it is necessary or desirable to undertake the general revision of schedules which my hon. Friend suggests.