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Agricultural Tractors (Road Use)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 1 April 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether if he is aware that in many cases the benefits of the Order permitting extended use of agricultural tractors licensed at the 5s. rate will be nullified because drivers under 21 years of age are not allowed to use these vehicles on the roads except during the internal working of a farm; and will he reduce the age to 17?

Drivers who are 17 or over are allowed to drive agricultural tractors on public highways for the purpose of moving the tractors from one farm to another. The Government are at present considering whether it is desirable during the national emergency to allow them also to drive agricultural tractors on public highways for the purpose of hauling the produce of a farm or market garden, or articles which the farmers or market gardeners may require.