An Answer Requested
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A S small hauliers and vehicle-collection contractors of long standing, we fail to understand the methods being adopted lately by many new but large companies, and would like to know if any of your readers can supply an answer.
There is a growing use of the railways by road hauliers and vehicle-collection agents. One large company is even advertising on the front of its transporters-" Express services by road and rail ".
Surely the railways have always been the road hauliers' biggest competitor. Now, with cut rates and opposition to licences, it seems some road men are playing into the railways' hands. To our way of thinking it will not be long before these hauliers are just railway agents for collection and delivery, which is just what the railways want, bearing in mind their opposition to licence applications.
Possibly the driver conduct of some firms, particularly on the car-collection side, has something to do with this state of affairs. This may be a warning to some drivers and companies that the rot is starting. I hope it will not be allowed to continue.
H. E. G. WORTON (1NR.),
London, N22. Worton Motor Services (1953).