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New Clause—(Amendment Of S 9 Of The Roads Act, 1920)

Volume 155: debated on Wednesday 21 June 1922

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  • (1) Section nine of the Roads Act, 1920 (which enables manufacturers and dealers in mechanically-propelled vehicles to take out a general licence in respect of vehicles used by them in lieu of separate licences for each such vehicle) shall extend to repairers of mechanically-propelled vehicles.
  • (2) It shall be lawful for the Minister of Transport to make two sets of Regulations under the said Section nine prescribing the conditions subject to which general licences are to be issued and prescribing the purposes for which the holder of a general licence may use it, and in that case—
  • (a) if a licence to which the one set of Regulations applies is taken out by a manufacturer, repairer, or dealer, the yearly rate of duty shall be twenty-five pounds, or in the case of a licence to be used only for vehicles chargeable with duty under paragraph 1 or paragraph 2 of the Second Schedule to the Finance Act, 1920, five pounds;
  • (b) if a licence to which the other set of Regulations applies is taken out by a manufacturer, repairer, or dealer, the yearly rate of duty shall be five pounds, or in the case of a licence to be used only for vehicles chargeable with duty under paragraph one or paragraph two of the Second Schedule to the Finance Act, 1920, one pound.
  • Provided that any such licence to which the first-mentioned set of Regulations is applicable may be taken out for one quarter of the year only, beginning the first day of January, the twenty-fifth day of March, the first day of July, or the first day of October, and in the case of any licence so taken out the duty shall be thirty per cent. of the full annual duty. It shall be at the option of every manufacturer or repairer of, or dealer in, mechanically-propelled vehicles wishing to take out a general licence whether the licence is one to which the one or other of the two sets of Regulations applies.
  • (3) This Section shall come into operation on the first day of January, nineteen hundred and twenty-three, and on the rates of duty for general licences prescribed by the Section becoming chargeable the rates prescribed for such licences by Section nine of the Roads Act, 1920, shall cease to be chargeable.—[Mr. Neal.]
  • Brought up, and read the First time.

    I beg to move, "That the Clause be read a Second time."

    This Clause is to meet the wishes of those who are interested in the sale and manufacture of motor cars to enable them to have fewer classes of what are called general identification plates. The matter was investigated by a Committee, and the proposals embodied in this Clause are the result of unanimous recommendations of that Committee.

    Question put, and agreed to.

    Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.