Priority for maintenance staffs—RHA chief
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• Priority must be given to an intensive drive to improve the quality and increase the quantity of the vehicle maintenance labour force, Mr Noel Wynn, national chairman of the Road Haulage Association, said in Cardiff on Tuesday. He was addressing the South Wales region of the Institute of the Motor Industry.
While the Road Transport Industry Training Board was, in one respect, a disappointment through no fault of its own because the Government had chosen to put all road transport interests under one training "management", it had certainly done a good job in helping to produce more fitters and mechanics, said Mr Wynn. But there was no machinery to ensure that the best possible use was made of these men, and he suggested co-operation at local level between repairers and hauliers to make good this deficiency.
Suggesting that distributors could be more influentail in improving vehicle design and equipment, Mr Wynn added that the spare parts situation was unsatisfactory. His own company spent a colossal amount of time and money in tracing spares, and throughout the industry the cost must be astronomical. Better results would be achieved, he said, if manufacturers and distributors paid more attention to the quality of their stores staff.