The C.M.U.A. Annual Report.
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The text of the annual report of the Commercial. Motor Users Association, for the year ended the 31st December last, is given elsewhere in this issue. It will have been received, and no doubt adopted, by members of the Association, by the time our pages are in circulation, as the meeting was fixed to be held at 83, Pall Mall, at 3.30 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday).
• The work of the Association is especially valuable to owners and users of commercial motors in respect of its legal-defence facilities. The protection so afforded is of a nature which cannot be secured in any .other way at so low a east, and it constitutes a type of insurance for which rates are unobtainable in underwriting circles. The C.M.U.A. legaldefence organization is part and parcel of the scheme which is financed by the Royal Automobile Club, and it is only by the advantages of participation in that -extensive, far-reaching and unique scheme of legal defence that the low annual subscription of the C.4.U.A. can possibly cover such benefits in tiddition to personal Assoeiateship of the R.A.C., and many other distinctly-useful features.
Attention is also directed, as the report shows, to the activities of the Association in connection with the war, Parliamentary and other legislative enactments and regulations, opposition to prohibition orders, the eighth annual parade (on Whit-Monday last), the establishment of a special legal defence fund to fight important test actions, the supply of the C.M.U.A. first-aid outfit, steps to secure the admissioriof steam wagons to wharves in the area of the Port of London Authority, the provision ofbadges for:members and their vehicles, the growth of membership, and the financial position.
We do not reproduce the income and expenditure account, nor the balance sheet, but we may summarize: annual subscriptions and entrance lees, £1725 10s. 10d.; parade receipts (including donations from the R.A.C. and S.M.M.T.), £940 9s. 8d.; War'Office grant in aid, £50; miscellaneous receipts, £67 16s. 8d. The total income is thus seen to be £2783 .17s. 2d. The Association's legal-defence and legal-advice branches, its Parliamentary work, its expert engineering. facilities, and other charges of Al6
the kind, account for £1170 10s. of the total income, whilst the parade organization exceeded the special. income for that purpose by £14. General printing and postages and propaganda work absorbed £270. Sundry smaller outgoings leave a balance of income over expenditure which is slightly below £6. The Association, therefore, is spending almost its total inCome for the benefit of its members, and its accumulated funds, for ordinary purposes, apart from the special test-action guaiantees, amounted to a trifle below £200 at the end of last year.
We are glad to, know that old members of the Association, inclusive of users all over the country, are standing by it during the present period of interrupted activities. The. resignations have been almost negligible in number. New owners of commercial motors, be they large or small vehicles, will be well advised, in their own interests, to apply forthwith to the secretary, Mr. F. G. Bristow, at 83, Pall Mall, S.W., for particulars of membership, accompanied, if they wish to join, with a cheque for £2 12s. 6d.—the amount of the entrance fee, and the first annual subscription on the present basis of one and a-half guinea per annum. The preparation of evidence to be placed before the L.G.B. Technical Committee which is now sitting to investigate matters concerning the and use of all types of commercial motors, furnishes yet another reason why undivided support should be accorded to the national organization.