Nice Rally Again Next Year
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OLLOWING the success of this
year's international coach rally at Nice (reported in The Commercial Motor on June 4), the organizers have decided to sponsor the event again next year from May 20-22.
A report issued by the Federation Nationale des Transports Routiers states that the 18 vehicles that competed this year took 500 persons into the town. They had covered a total of 28,750 miles. Among features revealing the "remarkable progress" made in coach design were adjustable seats. wardrobes, toilet compartments and cocktail bars. Marked improvement in the direction of complete visibility was shown by the frequent use of transparent plastic, and the provision of " stepped " seats. Heating and ventilating had also been improved.
" F " NOT FOR FURNITURE
HORNCASTLE magistrates last week convicted a company who had used an " F-licence " vehicle, taxed at the preferential rate for farmers, to move an employee's furniture without charge. A fine of £1 was imposed.
It was stated that M. C. Mountain and Son, Ltd., farmers, of Sleaford, had a vehicle taxed at £16 a year to carry farm goods. Defending, Mr. B. S. Foster said that the Finance Act, 1952, provided that a vehicle should not be treated as a goods vehicle if it carried goods without hire or reward. In this case the furniture had been moved as an act of kindness.
Police Insp. Cassell agreed that a farmer's goods vehicle could be used for private purposes, but in this case the furniture was not for use on the farm and land.
SOUTHPORT CANDIDATES rAND1DATES to be interviewed
next Monday for the position of rolling-stock engineer of Southport Transport Department are Mr. H. Taylor, Liverpool Transport Department; Mr. C. Whalley, Manchester Transport Department; Mr. A. Bardsley. Rochdale Transport Department; and Mr. D. H. Richardson, Westmorland Automobiles, Wakefield.
NEW DEMONSTRATION UNIT
THE plastics division of imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., Black Fan Road, Welwyn Garden City, has acquired a mobile exhibition unit based on a Bedford 3-ton A3L chassis.
The body was built by Longwell Green Coachworks, Ltd., Bristol. The chassis has a Baico 4-ft. extension and the near side of the body is divided into 12-ft.-long flaps. The bottom flap lets down to make a platform, and the upper one may be raised to form an awning. Light-alloy steps are carried.
Decorative canvas awnings are provided for display purposes. The vehicle has equipment to supply running water, a Calor-gas refrigerator, cupboards, seats and a desk.
"IMPROVE LANCASHIRE'S TRANSPORT"
WITH a view to "pressing the Ministry of Transport to improve the road-rail set-up in East Lancashire," the Lancashire and Cheshire Federation of Trade Councils are preparing a memorandum and collecting information, for the formulation of a transport plan for the area. This will come under discussion at the council's September conference.
The North East Lancashire Development Committee have urged the importance of good transport facilities to aid them in their task of introducing
new industries to the region. They have also expressed dissatisfaction with the slow progress made by the Government in tackling local transport difficulties.
HARROW'S 160,00e GARAGE
SERVICE facilities for the whole of Harrow Borough Council's fleet of 120 vehicles will be provided at the new £60,000 garage and workshops nearing completion at Kenmore Avenue. A sunken workshop can accommodate three vehicles at a time. There is a washing bay for two vehicles. Equipment includes steam degreasers, paint sprayers and battery chargers.
FLOUR CARRIED IN BULK
CCORD1NG to Leyland Motors, 1—k Ltd., the bulk-flour carrier described last week was demonstrated by Henry Simon, Ltd., who were responsible, in conjunction with the Duramin Engineering Co., Ltd., for the design of the vehicle.