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Contraband Goods (Impounded Taxicab)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 26 May 1949

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61 and 62.

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1) if his attention has been drawn to the case of William Dix, a taxicab proprietor of Bristol, whose cab was impounded because it was carrying from the dock area excisable goods which belonged to a passenger of which he had no knowledge; that the justices found no grounds for believing that he was guilty; that his cab by which he earns his living is still held by the Excise and Customs authority; and if he will take steps to release it forthwith;(2) to what extent his regulations render a taxicab driver liable when carrying pasengers' luggage from a dock area if the baggage contains, without the driver's knowledge, contraband goods; and what steps he proposes to take to protect drivers from having their cabs impounded and confiscated under such circumstances.

I am going into this case, and will communicate with my hon. Friend in due course.