Clause 7. — (Unladen Weight of Vehicles: Special Bodies.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Alistair Macdonald Mr Alistair Macdonald , Chislehurst 12:00 am, 15th June 1966

While I welcome the Clause, I must ask my hon. Friend some questions about the operation of subsection (3), which states: If any question arises whether a body is from time to time actually used for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1) … the body shall be deemed not to be so used until the contrary is shown". In the event of it being a new vehicle, how will the person applying for a licence be able to show "the contrary" since the vehicle has never been used? Does this mean that such a person will get a licence, but at a greater rate until the vehicle has been used, whereupon he will get a licence at a different rate? The subsection uses the words: If any question arises whether a body …". In what circumstances would such a question arise? Does this imply that there will be some sort of inquiry about whether a vehicle is used in this way?