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R.H.A. Seeks New Allowance System

11th January 1952
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

THE Road Haulage Association has asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer to revise the method of calculating wear and tear on the wasting assets, particularly vehteles, of the road haulage industry. The Association suggests that the allowance shoal(' be increased when assets are replaced, so as to provide relief based on the replacement value, as against the present method of restricting the tot,z1 allowance to the original cost of the asset.

The R.H.A. told the Chancellor that the steep rise in the replacement value of assets had made it increasingly difficult for members to replace their wasting assets out of reserves set aside out of profits. High taxation was a fundamental contributory ca us e. Because of the present method of assessing wear and tear allowances, members must either seek additionalcapital or defer replacement of their vehicles for a longer period than was economic.


THE road transport industry had still to prevail on the Government to carry out its election pledges, said Mr. J. M. Birch, chairman of the Passenger Vehicle Operators' Association, when he spoke at the annual dinner of the West Midlands Area in Birmingham, last week.

Free enterprise had an important part to play in recovery, he stated. Although freedom was in sight, nationalization still hung over operators' heads and would continue to do so until the British Transport Commission lost its right to make compulsory acquisitions and to run services without making applications to the Licensing Authorities.

Lord Long of Wraxall made an appeal for closer co-operation between workers and management.


A HAULIER whose business had 1-1 been acquired had done nothing wrong in staying in haulage, said the Northern Licensing Authority, recently, when Mr. S. Spink, Cockerton, Darlington, applied to run an additional vehicle for the carriage of livestock and feeding stuffs.

Objection was lodged by the Road Haulage Executive, represented by Mr. J. L. R. Croft, who said that three months before acquisition, Mr. Spink had bought another business and had retained his old customers.

Local farmers supported the application, which -was granted.


PRICES of the various models of the Bradford commercial vehicle were raised on Monday. Specimens of the new prices are as follows:— Chassis, £332 19s, 5c1.; cab and chassis, £457 19s. 5d.•, van In primer, £507 19s. 5d.; lorry in primer. £497 19s. 5d.; four-light van in primer, £662 12s. 3d.; de luxe van. £724 16s. lid.

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