Driving Test 1937

I took a coal lorry to the test centre to take my test. For the passenger seat there was just a beer crate with a cushion on.

I was a big lad and a coal merchant wanted someone on his lorry to help him fill the bags and carry them to houses.

After a few weeks he said “I’ll let you keep having a go on the lorry, if you like – driving”.  He taught me to drive.

I took a coal lorry to the test centre to take my test.  It was a real speed wagon!  For the passenger seat there was just a beer crate with a cushion on.  My boss said “I’ll take the cushion off, I’ll not make it too comfortable … he’ll get out quick and not give you a long test”.

I think at that time if they thought it was your living, they gave you a better chance of passing.  I passed first time.

In 1938 the territorials were advertising for men, and they were short of drivers.  So I joined – along with the coal lorry!

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