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The Handicapped Must be Remembered in
Bus Design . . .
S0ME standardization of hand rails and seat grips to aid passengers disabled by rheumatism is suggested by the Rheumatic Association, which looks after the interests of the 2m. sufferers from this distressing ailment in this country. Many of them depend greatly on public service vehicles, and wide variations' in design can seriously hinder their movement about buses. The suggestion is that rails should be provided on both sides of the platform and that a hand rail should be positioned above the under-stairs alcove on double-deckers. Another rail is needed inside the entrance, either at the end of, or above, the first seat, suspended from the roof. • The Association also commends the open seat rail, which is found to be much more useful than the solid type of hand grip sometimes fitted on bus seats.
A28 The Economics of a THIS transport story con Small Transport cerns the experience of one Job of our representatives in the
Midlands who purchased from a shop in Bristol a used writing bureau, costing £3, as a present for his wife. Arrangements for delivery were left to the shopkeeper. In due course the purchaser received notice, from a B.R.S. office, that it would be packed and _delivered at a charge of £3, and asking him to authorize the consignment. After weighing up the legal jargon of the form enclosed, he decided to find alternative means for transport. A local free haulier offered to do the job for £2 and an " acquired " transport manager agreed to carry the bureau for a nominal charge of 17s. providing that no packing was required. Eventually the purchaser arranged to undertake collection with his own car. DURING the discussion on the paper on air conditioning, given by Mr. F. W. Dunscombe before the institute of Road Transport Engineers, Mr. S. H. Edge, chief engineer and assistant general manager of the Clayton Dewandre Co., Ltd., referred to the difficulty of maintaining reasonably constant production of such an article as a heater. The trouble is that unless vehicles be already equipped with such devices, few operators give a mind to them until the cold weather sets in, and this means a sudden big demand. The result of this is that production during the winter may have to be stepped up five times, as nowadays • no maker could afford to produce large numbers in the summer and place them into stock. There are, of course, many other articles with a seasonal demand for which orders might well be spread more equally throughout the year. This would greatly help production and, at the same time, reduce costs. A foreigner remarked to us recently that Britons seem always to be surprised when severe weather hits them.
Laurels for P.S.V ptus drivers are probably Driver with the Right "more used to criticism than Idea praise, but an example of good
manners seen recently by a member of the staff of "The Commercial Motor" deserves a more pleasing citation. Driving along a main highway on which there was no speed restriction, he caught up with a double-decker which was pulling away from a stop. It was dark and raining, but the bus driver obviously observed the approach of the car and pulled in his vehicle close to the kerb. Unfortunately, the overtaking driver realized that he was shortly to turn left, and to overtake the bus at that point would have been unmannerly, as it would thereafter have necessitated cutting sharply across in front of it. Accordingly he dropped back behind the bus, which continued to hug the near-side kerb. Although the junction was still some way ahead, the car driver thought it would be interesting to observe the effect of putting out his left-hand indicator. No sooner had he done so than the bus driver politely pulled out from the kerb, giving the car ample room to pass on the near side and turn into the side road.