Heavy Losses on Ulster Services
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PUBLIC transport in Ulster is losing money at the rate of Elm. a year, it is reported. The Ulster Transport Authority have now presented to the Northern Ireland Transport Tribunal an application for an increase of 15 per cent. in the maximum charges for goods services, and 10 per cent, for passenger services.
The Great Northern Railway Board have simultaneously applied for an advance in charges. The Authority's claim is substantially similar to one which was put aside by the Tribunal in May last.
The U,T.A., faced with claims for higher wages, expect to lose a further £300,000 a year, and their total deficiency a year ago stood at over PRIZES FOR BODY IDEAS
A DRAWING of a single-deck airport rAcoach and one of a mobile grocery shop are the subjects of two of the 1956 drawing and handicraft competitions arranged by the Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the National Federation of Vehicle Trades and the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers of London.
Ft ices for the airport coach drawing will be: First, £75; second, £37 10s.; i £20. The Worshipful Company's medal and certificate will also be granted to each winner.
The first prizewinner in the mobileshop competition will receive £50, the second £25, and the third £15.
Hotel and travelling expenses to a, Continental motor show will be paid for the first prizewinner in each case.
NEW THIN HEADLAMPS
A NEW series of driving lamps has r been introduced by the Notek Electric Co., Ltd., 23 London Road, Bromley, Kent, The housings are only 31 in. deep. The company have also introduced Hilite series 200 headlamp conversion units for the alteration of most existing headlamps.
Finished in black enamel, the new Passmaster and Lightmastcr lamps cost £4 8s., and the Roadmaster and Speedmaster models, fully chromium-plated, £5 8s. Hilite conversion units cost £1 18s. eaCh with bulb.
NEW ELECTRIC CLUTCH
ra.A NEW type of electrically operated clutch has been produced by Hindle, Smart and Co., Ltd., Judd Street. London, W.C.1. It is stated to be suitable for light commercial vehicles and may indicate that a Helecs delivery vehicle with an internal-combustion engine is in the prototype stage.
Full details of the clutch are not yet available, but it would appear to be a conventional type with electro-magnetie engagement controlled by movement of the gear lever.