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I N June, 1936, the number of new motor vehicles registered was 38,536, compared with 32.148 for the comparable month of 1935. The goods-motors proportion continued the upward trend revealed by the May statistics, and showed an appreciable advance on the Corresponding figure for 1935, i.e:, 6,177 against 5,019. . The number of new hackney vehicleS licensed felt from 883 in June, 1935, to 771 a year later. In the class for petrol goods vehicles the substantial increase from 4,778 to 5,946 was mainly brought about--by increases in the following sections :-not exceeding 12 cwt., which rose from 864 to 1,266; 12-cwt.-1-tonners, which advanced from 538 to 835; and 2-24tanners, which went ahead from
1,392 to 1,921. No categories below 4-tonners showed more. than a minor falling off
Once again there is a downward tendency to record in the licensing of goods oilers, which fell from 116 in June, '1935; to 101 a. year later. In only one or two divisions. were there -small irscreases, and the number of Vehicles in classes below 2.1 -tons was halved. Included -in. the goods-vehicle returns. were 11 ins.Chines licensed for drawing ;trailers, compared With 13 -a year
earlier. "" _ The registrations of electric vehicles showed little change, this year's total of 39 having to be set against 42 for June, 1935. As is usually the case, most of these vehicles were licensed in the two sections up to 1-tonners. _ .r.o May, a slight increase was shown in steamer registrations, and this tendency was continued in the following month, when eight vehicles were licensed, against only one machine in June, 1935; six of them were 5-6tonners.
The total number of six-wheelers registered was 106, which shows little alteration from last year's comparable. return, the total being almost equally. divided between vehicles of the articulated and rigid types. In the division for eight-wheelers, there were 17 registrations, against six in June, 1935.
, All the vehicles registered in the section for agricultural vans and lorries were of the petrol type, the total of 63 being 10 below last year's corresponding return.
So far as hackney vehicles are concerned, there were decreases in both petrol and oil categories, although trolleybus registrations, at 30, were more than double those of a year ago. The number' of hackney oilers registered was 263, compared with 300, whilst petrol-engined vehicles of the same type were returned at 478, coin.pared with 569. So far as oilers are concerned, 117 were 48-56-seaters, the remainder consisting mainly of 26-32seaters and 32-40-seaters. By contrast, it is informative to note that only eight petrol-engined 48-56-seaters were registered, although there were 126 such registrations in the 26-32-seater class and 99 in the 20-26-seater class. About one-third of the total of petrol hackneys consisted of taxicabs.
The aggregate returns for the six months ended June, 1936, show that 41,496 goods vehicles and 4,474 hackney vehicles were registered, last year's comparable figures being 3.5,378 and 4,128 respectively.