Provisional Licences and Driving Tests

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1957.

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Mr. Gresham Cooke:

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when he intends to make regulations to bring into effect Section 18 of the Road Traffic Act, 1956, so as to limit the number of provisional licences that a learner driver may hold without submitting to a test.

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

Section 18 (2) of the Act, which extends the period of duration of a provisional licence from three to six months, will be brought into force on 1st March, 1958; I am in consultation with interested bodies in regard to the fee to be charged for the new licence.

I am considering, in the light of the situation in regard to driving tests, when to introduce the provisions of Section 18 (1).

Mr. Gresham Cooke:

Has my right hon. Friend noticed the ease the other day in which a judge described as very unsatisfactory the fact that a defendant involved in an accident had had several provisional licences over several years; and will he, in the interests of road safety, bring in this provision as soon as possible to cut down the period during which provisional licences can be given?

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

I think that my hon. Friend will know that Section 18 (I) of the Act, which I intend to bring into force, does meet that case to some extent.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Could the Minister say whether, when driving licences are being issued, any attempt is made to assess the intelligence quotient of recipients?

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

The Question deals with provisional licences, not driving licences.