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Hire Cars

Volume 931: debated on Saturday 5 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he is satisfied with the conditions for hire cars and their drivers so far as safety is concerned.

I see no reason to doubt the adequacy of the present arrangements. Hire cars not ranking as public service vehicles—and subject as such to inspections—are liable to the MOT test unless I am satisfied that the local authority is applying a test of at least equivalent severity as a condition of licensing. Cars can be driven only by drivers who have passed the appropriate driving test for that class of vehicle and in addition any test which the local authority may require.