Goods Vehicle Licences

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East 12:00 am, 2nd November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how many goods vehicle licences have been cancelled, and how many have been suspended, by the Northern Road Traffic Commissioner during the last 12 months.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

In view of the repeated breaches of the Act by private hauliers in relation to hours worked, does not the right hon. Gentleman think it is high time that more vigorous action is taken? Does he not realise that the small fines imposed by the courts are of no avail whatever, and that it is only if licences are withdrawn by the commissioners that something may result?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

In this respect the commissioners can only deal with specific cases and not with general allegations. The Northern Road Traffic Commissioner did, in fact, hold a public inquiry in August into a particular case in which, having heard the evidence, he decided that revocation was not the proper course to take.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Does the Minister not realise that in a recent case—of which I can send him information if he desires—some ninety cases of breaches were made clear in the court? Is it not obvious that breach of the regulation by hauliers in this regard results in a positive danger to the public on the roads?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I would gladly consider any case which the hon. Member is good enough to send to me, but the Question relates to specific action by a specific official over a particular period, and I have given my answer to it.