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scale would be extremely expensive," said Mr. 0. C. Power, speaking at the annual general meeting of the C.M.U.A. West Midland Division last week. Their construction, he said, might have serious repercussions on the necessary maintenance of existing highways. Further, although one or two new trunk roads might well be built, any number in excess of this would be out of proportion to their value, and might easily involve increased taxation and heavy tolls for their use.
The National Council has not given any considered decision on the report of the German Roads Delegation, said Mr. L. W. Gupwell, chairman of the Division, but, speaking generally, he was in agreement with Mr. Power's views. One trunk road, he felt, might be built to link up London, the Midlands, the Potteries, Manchester and Liverpool, with possibly one from Lancashire to the East Coast.
A resolution was passed requesting the National Council to take immediate steps to urge the Minister of Transport to give a decision regarding the proposals placed before him by the C.M.U.A. which would provide for the original weight. of a vehicle being accepted for taxation purposes throughout its life, provided that there had been effected to it no addition or structural alteration.