FRANKLY PEAKING YEARS AFTER
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John Durant pays tribute to Prat
former Press Officer for the RflA
With his other duties: guiding members, looking at specific aspects of haulage — and answering questions.
"The sharp opposition to nationalised transport ended, and the role of the NFC was seen as much more important as a haulier then as a nationalised body. There was no end to the us and them relationship."
Since then, the big talking point in transport politics has been the Common Market. Says Frank • "The EEC has been a big disappointment • there's been so much controversy about drivers' hours, tachos and weights that it's difficult to plan ahead. In this country it's a pity tachos have become a burning issue.
"And in Britain we should put our maximum permitted vehicle weights up; the opposi tion has been 'political'.
Frank has been a good servant to the RHA and a servant -like an observer — sees most of the game. So, Association members, take in good heart, what he has to say about you. "Many don't pull their proper weight; they should take their opportunities for obtaining publicity in their subareas and districts and contact. the local press.
Not only that, but also "Members are timorous about getting the proper amount for their services. Strange, as they are brash types as individuals."' He can say that again • but it's time for Frank to put his feet up in sunny Stanmore. A plan to retire to a cottage on the edge of Dartmoor has been tried by Frank and his wife and found wanting.