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Police Motor-Cycle Service

Volume 245: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1930

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he can give any information about the proposed regulations with regard to the formation of a new motor-cycle department of the police service under the Road Traffic Act?

Arrangements are in train for the organisation of these units in the various police forces with a view to the better control of road traffic and the proper enforcement of the provisions of the Road Traffic Act. No regulations under the Act are required in connection with these special units.

When will the part of the Act dealing with this force come into operation?

It will be substantially in operation—perhaps not completely—by the beginning of next year, but the responsibility in that matter, as far as the Government are concerned, rests with my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary.

Probably the number of motor units will he in the neigh bourhood of 1,000 for the whole country.

Yes, in accordance with the Act, there will be an annual contribution, not towards the police fund as such, but towards the motor vehicles, out of the Road Fund.

Will this force be recruited from the existing police force or will there be any special enlistment?

I think that that is a matter for the local authorities, but I understand that, in the main, they will be recruited from the existing force.

I understand that in any case nobody can be stopped upon the road unless by a policeman in uniform. Perhaps the hon. Member will consult the Act to verify that, but I think it is so.