§ 33. Mr. GILBERT
asked the Home Secretary what tests are laid down by the Metropolitan police before they grant a driver's licence for a motor-omnibus or taxi-cab in London; whether there is an age and eyesight test; is he aware that the London County Council grant ordinary motor drivers' licences without any test at all; and whether, in the interest of public safety, steps will be taken to unify the tests for all motor drivers' licenees.
Before a licence is granted by the Metropolitan Police to a person to act as driver of a public carriage, including cabs, omnibuses and tramcars, the applicant must produce a certificate of medical fitness and must also pass a practical test of his ability to 2450 drive. When a man reaches the age of 65, or at such other times as the Licensing Authority may direct, a further certificate of medical fitness may be required. The sight-test is that recommended by the Royal College of Surgeons, and requires a standard of acuity with full field of vision. The latter part of the question is primarily a matter for the Ministry of Transport, and has received consideration by a committee appointed by that Ministry.
§ Sir C. YATE
Is there any regulation to prevent motor-cab drivers smoking when driving fares? [HON. MEMBERS: "Why not?"]