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12th July 1935, Page 28
12th July 1935
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A RECENT issue of the Financial News contained 1.-1. an interesting article entitled "Hopes for Commercial Motors." This was written for investors and stated that the industry seemed likely to offer attractive possibilities in the next few years. It pointed out 'that the depression with all its difficulties had not been able to impede the steady increase in the number of commercial vehicles, and that, for better or worse, it would appear that a strong tide has been, and is, flowing in favour of road transport. Besides the more obvious advantages of road transport, it is probable that the rapidly growing electrification of industry has something to do with the movement. A works site can now be chosen without a coal supply being the first consideration, the producers relying mainly, or entirely, upon road transport for inward and outward goods and supplies. • COMPLAINTSare often made of the alleged in accuracy of some Press reports, but those who protest most loudly seldom realize that they may, by placing barriers; perhaps unnecessarily, in the way of journalists seeking information, have caused the errors to be made. It is easy, even With strong circumstantial evidence, to reach an incorrect conclusion. These remarks apply in connection with transport as much as in any other sphere, and call to mind the restriction placed upon the Press at the recent annual conference of the Municipal Tramways and Transport Association, when representatives were excluded from discussions on four most interesting subjects of considerable public importance. Comments made to a representative of The Commercial Motor showed that the delegates were by no means unanimous in their views on this secrecy.

IT is not often that a vehicle finds itself in the posiI tion indicated in our illustration. This Dodge lorry, supplied by Criterion Garages, Ltd., Southampton, to F. and L. Ball Bros., of Winchester, was engaged on demolition work outside the Black Swan Hotel, Winchester, when it sank into a 10-ft. hole, exposing a forgotten tunnel leading to Winchester Castle. Despite the considerable drop, the vehicle was hauled out and driven away under its own power.

F' people realize the large amount of work that falls upon the publicity manager of a large concern in connection with the Olympia Show. Talking to Mr. R. N. Aveline, of the Daimler Co., Ltd., the other day, he showed us the Show

file, which, some four months before the event, has already assumed massive proportions. Correspond ence on multitudinous subjects is contained in this file, and careful organization is necessary to ensure that everything goes according to a well-formulated plan. Mr. Aveline is, of course, responsible for three stands ' at the Car Show, as well as the Daimler stand at the Commercial Vehicle Exhibition.

THERE is some disagreement in municipal circles concerning the procedure of entertaining members of committees at official functions: The bill for a social event following a recent inspection of the Halifax Corporation's transport department by the transport committee was 30; but this was only the fourth function of its kind in 10 years, six years having elapsed since the previous one was held. Eventually, the account was approved.

I N a speech made last Saturday by Mr.'HoreBelisha, he referred to the widespread benefit which would be given by the Five-year Plan fo the roads. The high/ standard of construction which is laid down will, he said, obviously be an advantage to business distribution and add to the pleasures of transport. From the safety standpoint, dual carriageways, roundabouts and flyover junetions eliminate head-on collisions. The country cannot afford to put up with the present standard. Throughout the year there has been a reduction in road casualties compared with last year, despite the addition of a quarter of a million motor vehicles.

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