WHAT ROAD TRANSPORT CAN DO FOR EXPORT TRADE
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THEE road transport committee of Chamber of Commerce supports the memorandum of the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers Association on the transport by road of heavy engineering pieces. It states that existing rail limitations will necessitate many large pieces being transported by road. The development of trade abroad is, to a large extent, dependent upon there being road facilities for the movement of such components.
Amongst recommendations of B.E.A.M.A. is a proposal for a revision of Section 30 of the Road and Rail Traffic Act, 1933, as it is stressed that there should be positive action for strengthening weak bridges rather than the present negative policy, which permits highway authorities to prohibit or restrict the passing of certain loads over such bridges.
TRANSPORT MANAGERS' CLUB DINNER-DANCE
AN inaugural dinner-dance with cabaret is to be held on December 3 at 5.30 p.m., at the Connaught Rooms, London, W.C.2, by the Transport Managers' Club, Dover House, 170, Westminster Bridge Road, London, S.E.1. The tickets (single) are priced at 25s. Applications are arriving rapidly, and those members who have not yet replied should do so immediately. The honorary secretary is Mr. W. J. Ircins, A.M.lnst.T.
NEARLY 754,000 FEWER VEHICLES TAXED
A 1_11-TOUGH complete figures are Pinot yet available, it is estimated from the latest returns submitted that, at August 31 this year, the total number of all types of road vehicle for which licence-duty had been paid, and licences were current, was, approximately, 2,225,000. At August 31, 1938, the corresponding figure was 2,949,795, the average number for that year paying tax being 2,766,931.
This information was recently given by Mr. A. Barnes, Minister of War Transport, in a written reply to a question put by Sir G. Fox.
S.J.C. ON ROAD TRANSPORT EDUCATION
A CONFERENCE representative of .1-1 the road transport industry, held early this year, approved the new scheme of road transport examinations which is to be conducted by the Royal Society of Arts. It also set up a National Standing Joint Committee on Road Transport Education, of which Mr. R. Stuart Pileher, C.B.E.,
M.Inst.I. (M.P.T.A.), is chairman, other members being:—Dr. J. G. Docherty (Association of Principals of Technical Institutions), Dr. H. Schofield (Association of Technical Institutions), Mr. C. F. King (I. of T.), Alderman W. Bradley (M.P.T.A.), Mr. R. Barr, Major H. E. Crawford, Major R. A. B. &filth (N.R.T.F.), Messrs. R. W. Birch, S. R. Geary (P.T.As.), A. R. Burnett-Hurst, L. A. Terry (R.S.A.), Thos. Gray (Scottish R.P.T.A.), J. W.
Ramsbottcim (Educational Adviser to I. of TO, and F. W. Crews (Hon. Secretary).
Inquiries regarding the organization of the examinations (centres, fees, etc.) should he addressed to:—The Examinations Officer, Royal Society of Arts, John Adam Street, London, W.C.2.
MIDLAND I. OF T. MEETING THE Midland Section of the Institute I Of Transport will hold a meeting at the Midland Hotel, , Temple Street, Birmingham. at 6 p.m., on December 18, when Mr. D. Blee, Minst.T., will read a paper Post-war Co-ordination of Inland Goods Transport."
WE are advised that the Millburn VY Garage, Millburn Street, Glasgow, N., have been appointed Albion concessiormaires for Scotland and the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland. In addition to the service they provide in Glasgow, the firm hope, in the near future, to have 24-hours service facilities available in their Carlisle and Preston depots.
SPECIALLOID OPENS IRISH SERVICE DEPOT IT is announced by Specialloid, Ltd., that it has opened a new Northern Ireland service depot at 32, Linen Hall Street, Belfast. Mr. F. W. Callaway, district engineer for the territory, is in
charge. The Specialloid main 'distributor for the Northern Ireland area is Modern Tool and Equipment Co., Ltd., 7, Cromac Square, Belfast.
MORE BUSES FOR TRAMS AT NEWCASTLE
MEWCASTLE ON TYNE City. I NCouncil has approved a plan for introducing motorbuses in place of trams in the ScotsWood and Throckley
area, to effect the change-over 18 single-deck buses are to be bought, subject to licences being granted. DISTRIBUTION OF SURPLUS ARMY VEHICLES
UNDER the White .Paper policy for the disposal of surplus goods, 235,400 motor vehicles have been passed to the Ministry of Supply and Aircraft Production. Of these, 45,000 have been allocated to other Government Departments, to foreign governments and for relief purposes, and another 51,600 have been passed to the motor industry for distribution to the public through trade channels. Of the ranainder, 72,750 have been broken up for spares and scrap.
This information was given, last week, by the Minister of Supply and Aircraft Production, Mr. J. Wilmot, in a written reply to a question put by Mr. Q. Hogg.
ASSISTANT ENGINEER REQUIRED
I N connection with an important haulage contract for at least two years, in the Chester area, an assistant engineer is required to deal with running repairs and an exchange-unit system for light-type vehicles. The man selected must be a strict disciplinarian and used to office records. The salary will be in the neighbourhood of £700 per annum. Letters should be addressed "Assistant Engineer," care of the Editor.
GARDNER REGIONAL SPARE-PART DEPOTS
AS Glasgow will be. one of the regional spare-part depots for Gardner engines, Norris, Henty and Gardners, Ltd., is removing from its temporary depot at 49, Commerce Street to more convenient premises. These will be situated' in Rotransco Buildings, Broomielaw, Glasgow, C.3 (McAlpine Street entrance). This depot will be controlled from the company's Gldsgow office at. 124, St. Vincent Street. A 24-hour service will still be in operation.