Driving Licences (Groups of Vehicles)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Norman Bower Mr Norman Bower , Harrow West 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that the holder of a substantive licence to drive any group or groups of motor vehicles is compelled to take out a new licence on becoming qualified to drive an additional group, thus involving himself in some financial loss; and if he will take steps to change this procedure and allow a codicil to be added to the existing licence to cover the new group.

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

The existing law does not permit of codicils being added to driving licences to authorise the driving of additional groups of vehicles, but I will consider the point when an opportunity occurs to amend the Road Traffic Acts.

Photo of Mr Norman Bower Mr Norman Bower , Harrow West

Can the Minister say whether there is any likelihood of introducing legislation to deal with this grievance at a reasonably early date?

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

I afraid that is a decision that does not fall within my province.