MUNICIPAL PURCHASES AND PROPOSALS.
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For many years THE COMMERCIAL MOTOR has published, under the heading of "Local Proceedings," much exclusive information relating to the purchases (agreed and contemplated) and proposals of municipalauthorities. Our sources for obtaining these particulars are of a very special character, and have lately leen expanded, with the result that we intend in future to give greater prominence to this feature. The utmost care is taken to ensure accuracy and to secure the earliest possible
publication of the information.
ChorIey Watch Committee has granted 192 hackney carriage licences to Ribble Motor Services, Ltd.
Brighton Watch Committee has empowered the chief constable to purchase a motor vehicle at a cost of £400.
Tynemouth Corporation has decided to equip five motor vehicles with fire extinguishers at a cost of 49s. 6d. each.
Brighton Watch Committee has decided to purchase a motor fire-engine, but has deferrid the actual purchase for six month's.
Willesden Urban District Council has accepted the tender of Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, Ltd., at 160, for the supply of a motor mower.
Croydon Corporation has authorized the purchase of a tipping lorry for the South Norwood Sewage Farm Committee at a cost of about £450.
The health committee of the Willesden Urban District Council has made contracts with the North British Rubber Co., Ltd., and Messrs. A. G. Crowe and Co. for the supply of motor tyres.
Trowbridge Urban District Council Is informed that the National Omnibus and Transport Co., Ltd., is taking steps to improve its services in the town by replacing three or more of the ' older type vehicles with up-to-date single-deck saloons on low-loading chassis fitted with pneumatic tyres. Kent Comity Council has voted £1,500 for the purchase of motor vehicles for the police force.
Dorking Rural District Council is considering the questionof the pur
chase of a steam 'wagon. .
Leicester Watch Committee recommends the purchase of a motor ambulance at a cost of about £600.
Irthlingborough (Northants) Urban District Council is to invite tenders for the supply of a motor fire-engine.
The London County Council is to erect a permanent ambulance station at the Elephant and Castle at a cost of £1,475.
The tramways committee of the Glasgow Corporation recommends the purchase of a gully emptier from John Fowler and Co. (Leeds), Ltd, Lambeth Borough Council has accepted the tender of Kariier Motors, Ltd., at 1925, for the supply of a Karrier street-sweeper and collector.
Leicester Watch Committee recommends acceptance of the tender of Merryweather and Sons, Ltd., at £2,944, for the supply of a combination motor turn-table, fire-escape and water tower.
The 'works committee of the Islington Borough Council recommends acceptance of the tender of the Chloride Electrical Storage Co., Ltd.., at £182, for a new battery for an Orwell electric vehicle.
The county surveyor of Warwick reports that for the year 1926 the cost of haulage was 2s. 61d. per ton of material dealt with, as compared with 2s. 6id. per ton in 1925 and 2s. Sid. in 1924.
The tramways committee of the Leicester Corporation has accepted the tender of the Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd., at £660 each, for converting six Tilling-Stevens single-deck buses into double-deck top-covered buses. Holme Cultram Urban District Council is purchasing a Videnn lorry at a cost of £500.
Arbroath Town Council is to purchase a Leyland fire-engine and equipment at an approximate cost of 11,400.
The tramways committee of the Bradford Corporation is inviting tenders for the supply of 10 trolley-buses.
Gravesend Corporation is being asked to consider the provision of a new motor ambulance at a cost of about £350.
Stoke-on-Trent Corporation has accepted the tender of Messrs. Thompson and Ormiston, at £320, for the supply of an Austin motor lorry for the electricity department.
Greyhosind Motors, Ltd., has made application to the Bournemouth Corporation for licences in respect of a BristobBournemouth service, and the licensing committee has asked the company for information concerning its proposals.
The tramways committee of the -Leicester Corporation has accepted thc tender of Guy Motors, Ltd., for five bus chassis. It has also accepted the tender of the Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd., for bodies for these chassis, four being of the one-man-controlled type at £380 each, and the other, a 60-seater double-decker, at £750:
Guildford Corporation has accepted the tender of Puttocks, Ltd., for the supply. of two Dennis 30-cwt. motor lorries at £405 each. The tenders received were as follow :—