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7,000 Inhabitants : 40 Coaches

16th April 1954, Page 37
16th April 1954
Page 37
Page 37, 16th April 1954 — 7,000 Inhabitants : 40 Coaches
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IT was remarkable that a concern based I in a town of fewer than 7,000 inhabitants operated more than 40 vehicles and attracted patrons from all parts of the country, said Mr. W. P. James, West Midland Licensing Authority, when he opened the new office of Salopia Saloon Coaches, Ltd., at Whitchurch, Shropshire, last week. Mr. E. T. Davies, traffic manager, said that 65 per cent. of their private-hire work came from repeat bookings. Their best customers were employees of British Railways. A special ticket-issuing rack for day excursions is a feature of the new booking office. The details of each excursion are written on a card inserted in a holder on the front of a hinged panel, at the back of which there is a pigeon hole containing 24 tickets.

Booking charts for holiday tours are filed in bins on the floor, and red tabs arc fixed to each one when the tour is fully booked.


I.l,was an unfortunate gap in legislation that an owner did not have to declare his vehicle roadworthy when he applied for a Road Fund licence, said Mr. N. W. Goodchikl, Chief Constable of Wolverhampton, in his annual report published last week. One could not but feel uneasy at seeing numerous used-vehicle businesses springing up on odd. plots of ground. "These premises seldom have any facilities feir testing and repairing vehicles properly and intending customers would be well advised to seek the advice of properly qualified engineers before making purchases," he said.


JF under the new wage award, t engineering workers receive an average increase of £20 a year, the cost of manufacturing motor vehicles and cycles will be raised by over £6m. a year. The engineering unions have accepted the employers' offer of an extra 8s. 6d. a week for skilled workers, 7s. 6d. for intermediate grades and 6s. 6d. for. unskilledmen. The latest official statistics give as 303,900 the number of persons employed in manufacturing motor vehicles and cycles. In addition, 153,200 people are engaged in making parts and accessories for motor vehicles and aircraft,


AREQUEST by Stepney Borough Council that regulations be made for the compulsory fitting of a device which would prevent battery-electric milk floats from being started by children has been rejected by the Minister of Transport. The Ministry consulted manufacturers, who agreed . to. minimum standards for a locking device, and it was therefore considered that a regulation would be of no benefit.


Organisations: Road Fund
Locations: Wolverhampton

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