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Car Rallies

Volume 645: debated on Monday 2 October 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport if he will take powers to control car rallies in the interest of public safety and amenity.


asked the Minister of Transport in view of the inconvenience caused to local residents, if he will take powers to regulate motor rallies organised to take place during weekends and the hours of darkness.

I am satisfied that, so far as safety is concerned, the provisions of the Road Traffic Act are already sufficient. I recognise that there may be an amenity problem, and I am considering whether any additional controls are desirable or possible.

Will my right hon. Friend do something about it? Is he aware that there is a club in the Thames estuary which has had a rally through the north of Essex in July each year for three consecutive years despite complaints from the chief constable? Is he also aware that there is a growing number of complaints about this matter?

If my hon. Friend will send me details I will consult the police to see whether we can get rid of the disturbance.