Amenity aspects of 44-tonners
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• Proposals by the transport industry that heavier goods vehicles—i.e. up to 44 tons weight for single vehicles—should be allowed on the roads were discussed at a meeting held by the Ministry of Transport on Tuesday.
Ministry officials heard views on the proposals expressed by representatives of 22 organizations mainly concerned with the preservation of safety and amenity in England and Wales.
It was explained by Ministry officials that all aspects of the industry's proposals, including technical soundness, road safety and amenity, were under close examination. They were anxious that all concerned should have the opportunity of putting their views before the Minister. There would be further meetings with representatives of interested organizations including a meeting in Edinburgh with Scottish interests.
Until this process had been completed and full technical data collected and assessed, the Ministry remained uncommitted. If, after consideration, the Minister decided to make a proposal meeting the request of the industry either in full or in part, there would be full consultation in the usual way.
• Mr. E. Barber, the Atlas Express training officer at Canonbeck Road, London, SE16, will be secretary for the Essex eliminating round for the Lorry Driver of the Year competition. Former secretary Mr. B. Gray of HTS has intimated that he is unable to undertake the duties this year.
The Essex round will be held on Sunday, June 28, in the car park of the Ford Motor Co. at Warley, Essex. Mr. Barber is anxious that all members of the Essex committee should contact him immediately.