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Belfast will not have a horse in its Fire Brigade by October next.
Wimbledon Corporation is considering the purchase of a motor ambulance.
Rotherham Corporation has ordered three Daimler motorbuses at £821 16s. each.
The Daimler saloon bus, which was used by the Parade judges as their office on Monday last, was the cynosure of all eyes. Its comfortable and handsome bodywork, by Christopher Dodson, Ltd., was universally appreciated. The Daimler double-decker, which was paraded, left for Newmarket later in the day.
Following the decision of the L.G.O.C. to run a motorbus service to Chertsey via Shepperton, efforts are being made in Weybridge to entice the company thither.
Abertillery's new CommerSimonis engine has created a. splendid impression in the town. Several interesting demonstrations were given earlier in the month.
The Peterborough brigade has converted an Argyll chassis into a tender to accommodate eight men, with the usual equipment. Steps are being taken to arrange terms for the use of this, and, if possible, of new purchases, outside the borough.
The Bruhn taxameter was used in the trial of the Searle unburstable inner tube on 12 taxicabs. We referred to the success of this trial, so far as the Searle inner tube was concerned, a week ago, and we now have to record that the greatest recorded difference between any of the texameter readings, in a journey of 104 miles, amounted to only 10d. in all.
The Barnstaple authorities are turning their attention to the purchase of & motor fire-engine, and we are rather surprised, having regard to the old connection of the Dennis family with the district and county, to observe that steam is mentioned with favour.
Can't Horse Their Engine.
Stratford-on-Avon Town Council has found great difficulty in get
ting anybody to contract to horse its fire-engine. It is evident that a motor engine will have to be purchased.
A sub-committee of the Accrington Watch Committee has recommended the expenditure of 29000 on new fire-station buildings, and the purchase of two motor fire-engines and equipment at a cost of 23000, so that this progressive town looks like business.
The residents of Sutton Coldfield are eagerly observing the development of local motorbus services, with Tillings-Stevens vehicles, at the hands of the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Co., Ltd. The full complement of vehicles is due as we go to press.
Hours at Westminster.
The General Purposes Committee of Westminster Corporation reports having considered a petition from 31 motor drivers in the Council's employ for: a 60-hour week, divided into equal shifts of 10 hours (day or night work ; to be paid overtime for any hours in excess of 60 worked ; and that two men working on one wagon shall change shifts weekly).
By the Standing Order of the Council, the Committee states, the working hours of drivers are 60 per week, and, as the Highways Committee does not think the conditions of service require revision, it has been decided to inform the petitioners that the Committee does not see its way to grant the application.