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?