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THERE were hopes in Brighton this I week that the council would approve a new agreement between the three undertakings at present operating passenger services in the town and surrounding districts.
The council yesterday discussed a plan which named the transport department. the Brighton, Hove and District Omnibus Co., Ltd., and Southclowp Motor Seivices, Ltd., as future operators of pool facilities in a_specified zone.
The department and the Brighton, Hove and District Co. have operated a co-ordination plan since 1938. It covered an area corresponding to the old Brighton boundaries of 1919, and was based on pooled receipts. This agreement was due to end in the next year or so, The Commercial Motor was told this week.
The new proposal envisages a similar pooling of receipts from bus workings of all three undertakings. Trolleybus receipts of the department would not be included. About half of the electric vehicles have already been replaced by motorbuses, and the remainder are scheduled to go in the near future.
PAY CLAIM REFERRED TO WAGES COMMITTEE ENDLLOWING discussions on the wage I claim by 58,000 municipal bus workers, the National Joint Industrial Council for the road passenger trans, port industry last week referred the matter to their wages committee, which will meet next Wednesday and Thursday.
• After the council meeting, Mr. A. Townsend, national passenger secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union, said that the employers had replied to the claim, made on behalf of drivers, conductors and semi-skilled maintenance workers.
The London Transport Executive last month rejected a claim for a £1-per-week increase for drivers and conductors. Approximately 100,000 employees of private bus companies in the provinces are awaiting a reply to a similar claim.
The question of maximum standing capacities in buses was also referred to the wages committee.
NEW CHIEF FOR R.D.A.
THE appointment of a successor to the late Mr. R. Morton Mitchell as chief executive officer of the Road Haulage Association will be considered by the Association's finance committee next Tuesday. For the past six months Mr. E. W. _Russell, executive secretary, has been acting as chief executive officer.
It is not yet known whether the post will be advertised or whether a choice has already been made.
There have been suggestions in the past that the R.H.A. should have a permanent paid president who would have influence in Government circles and carry the flag for the R.H.A. This question may now acquire point. Several well-known names are being mentioned as possibilities if the Association decide to adopt this policy.