§ Mr. David Young
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what account is taken, in considering applications for renewal of heavy goods vehicle driving licences, of convictions for offences of dangerous driving.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The independent licensing authorities in the traffic areas have power to suspend or revoke these licences in the ground that, by reason of his conduct as a driver of a motor vehicle, the holder is not a fit person to hold such a licence. Where the record at DVLC shows that a driver whose ordinary licence has been endorsed by a court also holds a licence to drive heavy goods vehicles,558W the licensing authority concerned is automatic ally informed; applicants to renew these licences are also required to decleare any relevant convictions. In the event of disqualification, the vocational licence ceases to have effect and must be returned to the issuing authority.