What the Associations Are Doing
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The Econonay of Good Transport.
Efficient transport is not an expense, but an economy, and the really good transport manager can effect economies worth two or three times his year's salary." This declaration was made by Mr. J. W. Wright, director and transport manager of Evans Sons, Lescher and Webb, Ltd., Liverpool, and chairman of the Liverpool Branch of the Industrial Transport Association, last week.
Mr. R. McR. Walker (chairman of the Liverpool and North Wales Division of the C.M.U.A.) stated that in some large firms, transport was the baby which no one wanted to carry. Even in big concerns where there was a traffic manager it was not always the case that maintenance of vehicles was looked after as well as it might be. Firms who had fleets of vehicles should concentrate on two points: (I) The t440 organization of traffic on efficient lines, and (2) The placing of maintenance work in the hands of a skilled engineer.
Grocers Keeping "Watchful Eye on Wages."
At the quarterly meeting of the council of the National Federation of Grocers' Associations, held in London, last week, the parliamentary committee, reporting with reference to the Road Haulage Wages Act, 1938. expressed the hope that road-haulage workers in the retail distributive trades would be dealt with under the comprehensive scheme which the Federation was working upon.
Mr, A. E. James, of Cardiff (chairman of the committee), said it was definitely understood, in fact it was included in the report of the Millie Committee, that the question of hauliers' wages in the distributive trades would be dealt with when the body governing the latter was set up.
There had been an attempt, meanwhile, to bring within the scope of the Act itself the C licence holders, but, thanks to the vigilance of the Grocers' Federation officials, this was, for the time being, in abeyance. It would be well for grocers to keep a watchful eye on that matter.
Help for the Haulier.
Associated Road Operators is holding a meeting, on Monday next, at Enfield Town, when Mr. J. F. E. Pye will give an address on "Transport Problems." The chair will be taken by Mr. A. J. Goddard, chairman of the North London Sub-area of A.R.O., and the venue is the George Hotel, Church Street. More Propaganda for Better Roads.
A striking pamphlet, describing the new road model, has just been issued by the B.R.F., and contains graphic illustrations and clear reading matter. Catch-lines are "Write to your M.P.s and local authorities. Use your influence" and "Demand in private and in public that our road system be drastically improved."
Conference Delegates See Eiectrics.
Surprise at the manufacturing facilities and line production of electric vehicles was expressed by a deputation, from last week's C.M.U.A. Road-transport Conference, which visited the new factory of Electricars, Ltd., at Hall Green, Birmingham. MR. BRISTOW WANTS REAL ROADS.
" An adequate reconstruction of the British roads system is one of the most urgent needs of the present day. The total of motor traffic has actually increased by Well over 2,000 per cent. since 1910. The density of our road traffic is the heaviest in the world and has increased by 30 per cent. in the past five years. At the present rate of progress it will be doubled within IS years. Yet new road construction has amounted to only 1.9 per cent.'' Such was the opening of a speech given to Wandsworth Rotary Club, last Tuesday, by Mr. F. G. Bristow, on behalf of the B.R.F.
New Officer for Eastern Area A.R.O.
Mr. P. J, Authers, general transport manager of the Marston Valley Brick Co., Ltd., has been elected a representative, for the Eastern Area, on the Ancillary Users Sectional Board of A.R.O. On the proposal of Mr. Masheder, which was seconded by Mr. Lear, Mr. Authers was unanimously elected to the National Council of the A.R.O.
Road Model at Motor Show.
The British Road Federation's stand at the International Motor Show at Earls Court, London (from October 13October 22) will be No. 75. The large road model will be on view set up in striking and pleasing manner in a suitable background.