India Needs 85,000 More Vehicles
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THE number of goods vehicles in India should be increased by 85,000 to relieve the shortage of transport facilities, according to Mr. B. V. Vagh, a member of the council of the Indian Roads and Transport Development Association.
Private enterprise should be stimulated to expand its interest in road transport, and the motor industry should be encouraged to produce the extra vehicles at reasonable cost, he said.
Mr. T. S. Santhanam, president of the Motor Vehicles and Allied Merchants Association, has stated that if the Government of India eliminated competition from private-enterprise transport, there would be no future for the road transport industries. The Government had not co-ordinated various means for transport, and the railways were undercutting road charges. He called for a comprehensive Government policy.
BIRFIELD LINK WITH U.S.A. NNOUNCING the purchase by British investors of the substantial )lock of ordinary shares previously teld by the Dana Corporation of kmerica, Birfield Industries, Ltd., state hat arrangements have been made for he interchange of technical informaion and patents between the two soups for 25 years.
This agreement will provide for ontinued collaboration by the Spicer 4anufacturing Division of the Dana :orporation of America with Hardy picer, Ltd., and Salisbury Transtission, Ltd.
ONCERN OVER EMPLOYMENT THIS conference expresses concern I at the future employment position the motor industry arising from overas competition, contraction of certain
• reign markets, and changing structure 'the industry due to mergers."
This resolution was passed at a ivate conference of the Confederation Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions for Coventry district, when it was Suggested that purchase tax on vehicles be reduced as soon as demand fell to an extent that employment in the industry was threatened.
A cut in the fuel tax, the development of roads and an inquiry into the costs and methods of vehicle distribution were suggested.
PORTUGAL'S BIG ROAD PLANS
PORTUGAL is making plans to spend 6,000m, escudos on its road system during 1956-70. The grant to the road board would be raised from 256m. escudos to 400m. escudos a year over the period concerned.
Work to be undertaken would include
the construction of over 2,219 miles of roads and bridges, the widening of 2,500 miles of main road and the resurfacing of 3,125 miles of secondary road. Old weak bridges would be replaced and 361 level crossings eliminated.
The preamble to the law which introduces the scheme states that it would enable tyre life to be raised to 33,000 miles from the present average of 17,000 miles.
LOWER FERRY CHARGES OLLOWING reductions in charges by British Railways on the Dunoon-Gourock ferry, the rate for a 2-ton vehicle is now £1 10s. single and £.2 5s. return, whilst that for the largest type which may be carried, a 7i-tonner, is 1.4 single and £5 10s. return. Buses are charged £2 single and £3 return.
1954 "TRADER HANDBOOK"
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