"Resist Tolls," says Mr. Brunner
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"ANY suggestion that tolls may be
imposed on the new motor roads must, I think, be resisted vigorously by British industry," Mr. C. T. Brunner, vice-chairman of the British Road Federation, said at the Royal Automobile Club on Monday. He did not exclude the possibility of tolls for special and costly projects, such as bridges and tunnels.
The success of toll roads in the U.S.A. had undoubtedly attracted the Treasury, said Mr. Brunner, but in this country there was a heavy fuel tax and less than a quarter of the sum raised in motor taxation was spent on highways.
" A national highways authority could meet the urgent requirements of both scope and speed by assuring continuity of finance," he added.
ROAD PLAN WILL HELP TOURIST INDUSTRY
QTRESSING the importance to the N-) tourist industry of the current road development plan, Mr. J. Maxwell, general manager of Thos. Cook and Son, Ltd., said in a paper read before the Institute of Transport in London, on Monday, that as roads were completed or improved, more people would spend their holidays travelling in their own or hired vehicles.
It had been estimated that of the million or more British people who went to the Continent for a holiday or a week or longer each year, 100,000 travelled on coach tours. The coach tour stood third in popularity in the Briton's choice of a holiday abroad.
In Mr. Maxwell's absence through illness, the paper on "World Tourism" was read by Mr. C. Holt, deputy general manager of Thos. Cook and Son.
SHIP TO CARRY 80 LADEN VEHICLES
ASHIP is to be built for the Atlantic Steam Navigation Co., Ltd., who operate the Continental Line between Tilbury and Hamburg and Preston and Northern Ireland, to carry over 80 laden vehicles. The vessel will be the first of its kind to be constructed in this country.
Expected to be available by the autumn of next year, the ship will supplement the daily ferry on the Preston-Northern Ireland service. Its primary use will be for carrying goods vehicles, and special accommodation will be provided for drivers.
A controlling interest in the company was acquired by the British Transport Commission last year.
NEW NAME FOR HELECS
THE name of Hindle Smart and Co., Ltd., has been changed to Helecs Vehicles (Manufacturers), Ltd., and the new address of their works is given as Little Western Street, Rusholmc, Manchester, 14.