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Motor Traffic

Volume 235: debated on Wednesday 26 February 1930

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76.

asked the Minister of Transport how many Orders made by his Department totally prohibiting mechanically-propelled vehicles on certain highways are now operative; and the total mileage of the highways involved?

There are now in operation 13 Orders made under Section 7 (4) of the Roads Act, 1920, totally prohibiting mechanically-propelled vehicles. The total mileage of roads involved is 23.

77.

asked the Minister of Transport how many Orders made by his Department limiting the speed of mechanically-propelled vehicles on certain highways to a maximum of 10 miles are now operative: and the total mileage of the highways involved?

The total number of Regulations made under Section 9 (1) of the Motor Car Act, 1903, limiting the speed of motor cars to 10 miles an hour, is 226. Of these 12 have been made since 1919 by the Minister of Transport. The other 214 Orders were made by the Local Government Board in whom the powers to make these Regulations were originally vested. I am unable to state the total mileage of highways involved.

Does not the answer indicate that the Ministry of Transport is a much more enlightened body than the Local Government Board?

The answer indicates that the Ministry of Transport is much more reserved in granting powers than the old Local Government Board.

Will the hon. Gentleman take steps to see that these Orders are enforced; and that where they are unnecessary they will be taken off?

The first point of the hon. and gallant Member's question is a matter for the Home Secretary. The second point is somewhat involved, and various considerations arise in connection with the Road Traffic Bill now before the House.