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Taxicab Sharing, London

Volume 393: debated on Thursday 4 November 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the official sharing of taxicabs' scheme now in successful operation in Washington and other cities in the United States of America; and whether he will consider introducing a similar system in London in order to save petrol and make the fullest use of available transport facilities?

I am aware of the scheme to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers; and the question whether some features of it are appropriate for application to the Metropolitan area is under examination. As regards the steps which have already been taken to encourage the sharing of cabs in London, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to my answer to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for North Lambeth (Mr. G. Strauss) on 28th July last. I understand that my Noble Friend the Minister of War Transport has under consideration further steps designed to facilitate cab sharing.