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Public Service And Goods Vehicles (Speed Limit)

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 28 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the latest information available from the Road Research Laboratory as to the extent to which goods vehicles of over three tons unladen weight are continuing to make a practice of travelling over 20 miles per hour.

Some recent observations by the Laboratory indicate that on roads in areas not built up about 95 per cent. of heavy goods vehicles exceed 20 miles per hour, and some 65–70 per cent. exceed 25 miles per hour.


asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is satisfied that the present arrangements for the inspection and issue of certificates of efficiency to public service vehicles over three tons in weight are sufficiently effective to justify the retention for such vehicles of a 30-miles-per-hour maximum speed limit: and whether he will consider the desirability of permitting all road vehicles which obtain similar certificates of efficency a similar maximum speed limit.

I see no good reason why the speed limit for any public service vehicle should be changed. Arrangements for the inspection and certificates of public service vehicles have no bearing on the considerations which govern the speed limit of other road vehicles.