§ 17. Mr. Renton
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that district transport officers are refusing red petrol to holders of C licences for the haulage of goods; and whether he will take steps to bring to an end this indirect way of restricting the freedom of operation of holders of C licences.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
The type of petrol which may be used depends on the construction of the vehicle. The district transport officer refuses to issue red petrol only where the vehicle is so constructed that it comes within the definition of "private motor vehicle," as contained in the Motor Spirit (Amendment) Regulations, 1948. Since the use of red petrol in any such vehicle is illegal, it would clearly be improper for him to issue red petrol coupons in these circumstances.