THE RATIO OF LORRIES TO CARS.
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An estimate by the United .States Department. of Commerce states that there are 1,763,378 lorries in operation throughout the world. Of this total 1,331,999 are in the United States, the United Kingdom coming next with 145,000, followed by France (94,836), Germany (45,587), Canada (36,4W), and Italy (25,600); Sweden comes next, a long way behind, with 6,280.
If the ratio of lorries to cars be taken as a basis for calculating the mechanical road transport development of a country, some surprising figures result. Lithuania tops the list with. 125 lorries lor every 100 ears, followed by Italy (91), Poland (68), Finland and Germany (55 each), Esthrinia (53), Roumania (48), France (47), Peru (44), Austria (43), United
1326 Kingdom (41), Norway (38), and Switzerland (37).
At the other end of the list is the Argentine Republic with one lorry to every 100 cars. The Azores has two; Hong-Kong, Newfoundland, Salvador. and Uruguay following with four each. Australia, Barbados, South Africa, Malta, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Portu
guese East Africa have the low ratio of five lorries per 100 cars, Brazil, China, and Portugal each having six cars to the same number of lorries.
The ratio of lorries to cars throughout the world is 23 to 100. In the United States it is only 12 to 100, the ratio in other important countries being ; Belgium 20, Canada 8, Czecho-Slovakia 21, Denmark 27, Dutch East Indies 22, Egypt 9, Malaysia 10, India 9, Japan 11, Holland 14, New Zealand 7, Spain 17, Sweden 27, and Yugo-Slavia 28.
The high position occupied by the European countries as a whole shows how important a part the lorry is taking in the attempt to bring the countries which suffered most in the war, back to economic prosperity,