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We learn that Mr. A. G. Robinson, who was assistant certifying officer to the North-Western Traffic Commissioners, has been appointed to a similar position in the Metropolitan Area.
Mr. Wilson Baxendale, works superintendent to Halifax Corporation's tramways department, has been appointed to a similar position with Bournemouth Corporation's transport department.
The council of the Society of Chemical Industry has elected Mr. W. A. S. Calder, delegate director of the general chemicals group of Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., as president of the Society for the year 1935-1936. He will take office at the annual meeting of the Society in Glasgow from July 1-6.
„ Mr. A. II, Butterwick, of Leeds, 'chairman of the Yorkshire Area Joint Conciliation Board and of the Yorkshire Regional Area of the Road Haulage Association, has been indisposed for several days, and has, we learn, been Ordered by his doctor to take a rest. Mr. Butterwick was unable to attend the meeting of the subcommittee of the Yorkshire Area Board at Leeds last Friday.
On February 14, Mr. P. J. A. Clausen, a director of Bosch, Ltd,, completed 26 years' service in connection with the representation of Bosch products in England. The directors of the Stuttgart factory, where Bosch products are made, took the opportunity of showing their appreciation of the services rendered by Mr. Clausen, who was also the recipient of gifts from his co-directors and staff in London.
Mr. W. Holdsworth, who, as mentioned in our issue for last week, has recently been appointed vice-chairman of the North-eastern Division of the Commercial Motor Users Association, is the manager of Messrs. James Leach, of Leeds, a branch of J. Brockhouse and Co., Ltd., of West Bromwich, the maker of springs used on road vehicles. He has been with the Leeds branch for the past 27 years, and. has been a member of the North-eastern Divisional Committee for some time, organizing all its social functions.
R.H.A. Area Dinners.
Following the annual dinner of the Northern Area to be held on March 2 in Newcastle, an intensive organizing campaign is to be undertaken throughout the north by the R.H.A. There are at present over 1,000 members in this area and it is hoped greatly to add to this number.
The West Midland Area is to hold its annual dinner at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham, on March 16. Sir Herbert Austin will be in the chair, and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham will be present. ThiF function will be unique in that it will be held under the auspices of the R.H.A. and the C.M.U.A., and is, we believe, the first dinner at Which the two bodies have combined.
The 19th examination of the Institute of the Motor Trade will be held in London and certain provincial centres on April 26. The council is offering gold, silver and bronze medals for the three candidates securing the highest number of marks in the 1935 examinations to be held in April and November. Full particulars, together with the syllabus and regulations, and copies of papers set at recent examinations (price Is.) may be obtained by writing the secretary of the Institute at 201, Great Portland Street, London, W.1,
Shipping Guide for Hauliers.
The following is the number of ships arriving at the London docks, wharves and jetties named, from March 1-7, inclusive :—Docks :—King George V. 8; Royal Albert, 6; Royal Victoria, 1; Surrey Commercial, 5; South-West India, 1; Tilbury, 5; Tilbury Stage, 2; Millwall, 4; London, 1. Wharves:—Hays, 4; Middletons, t; Mark Brown's, 1; Tilbury Jetty, 1.
Death of Mr. Charles Tooth.
It is with regret that we learn of the death of Mr. Charles T, W. Tooth, A.M.Inst.13.E., secretary of the North Western Area United Bus Owners Association. Mr. Tooth formed that association in 1931, and acted as secretary from that time, his efforts on behalf of the " small man" being un tiring. In December, 1933, he inaugurated a haulage and goods-vehicle section, in which there are now 120 members. Mr. Tooth was also a representative on the North-Western Area Joint Conciliation Board, representing North Wales.
County Surveyors' Annual Luncheon.
On March 7 the Royal Automobile Club is meeting, at luncheon at the Club, the county engineers and surveyors of England, Scotland and Wales and officials of the Ministry of Transport connected with highway administration. The occasion is the reading of a paper entitled "Notes on Current Highway Problems," by Mr. W. J. Hadfield, C.B.E., 141.1nst.C.E., city engineer of Sheffield, and president of the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers. The Hon. Sir Arthur Stanley, G.B.E., C.B., will preside, and the Minister of -Transport will reply to the toast of "The Guests."
R.H.A. Metropolitan Regional Area Dinner.
The first annual dinner and dance of the Metropolitan Regional Area of the Road Haulage Association was held at the Wharncliffe Rooms, Great Central Hotel, on February 21, 300 members and friends being present.
In proposing the toast of "The Guests," Major the Hon. Eric Long, T.D., J.P., said that as an ex-M.P. he knew only too well how poorly represented the haulage industry was in Parliament. He also dealt with the need for unity and for speaking with one voice to the Minister.
816 Sir Charles Bressey, C.13., C.B.E., who represented the Ministry of Transport, corroborated Major Long's statement on the need for a united voice. He said that the R.H.A. had been most useful in advising the Ministry on many points in connection with the industry.
Kent Prepared to Proceed with Dartford Tunnel.
The Dartford Tunnel Special Committee of Kent County Council is in further correspondence with the Minister of Transport with regard to the construction of the proposed Dartford Tunnel. In view of an idea, which, it is stated, seems to be abroad, that the delay in the matter is occasioned by
Kent and Essex County Councils, the committee has declared that the council is prepared to proceed with the scheme, as previously announced, by making a capital contribution not exceeding £250,000. The council reiterates that the work should be carried out by the Ministry.
Details of Disc Wheels Wanted for Canada.
The Dominion Truck Equipment Co., Ltd., Kitchener, Canada, wishes to hear from English manufacturers of disc wheels, particularly the size taking
10.50-13 low-pressure tyres. Details should include drawings, limits worked to, and the cit. price at Montreal. OFFICIAL ORDERS IN JANUARY.
During January last the War Department ordered a number of MorrisCommercial and Guy six-wheeled chassis, and a Wallis and Steevens road roller. An order for a number :of Commer vehicles was placed by the Air Ministry with Rootes, Ltd. The G.P.O. authorities ordered Duple, Morris-Commercial, Harrington, and Ransomes bodies, and Morris and Morris-Commercial chassis. An order for chassis was also placed with Morris Export Industries, Ltd., by the Crown Agents for the Colonies.
Road Accident Returns.
The Ministry of Transport returns of persons killed or injured in road accidents during the week ended February 16 show that in England 84 persons were killed and 2,892 injured, whilst 27 died as a result of previous accidents. The figures for Scotland were 7 killed and 304 injured, and for Wales 4 killed and 123 injured.
Tecalemit Works Busy.
Asfrom Monday last, Tec,alemit, Ltd., has instituted a system of doubleshift working at its works at Brentford. This will enable the company substantially to increase its output, and place it in the position of coping with the large orders for motor-vehicle, aircraft and garage lubrication equipment which it has received.
Brisk Business in Trailers.
We learn from Taskers of Andover (1932), Ltd., Andover, Hants, that it is, at the present time, enjoying a period of considerable activity, having under construction a record number of trailers.
A recent order is for 20 low-loading trailers for the Great Western Railway Co., whilst among other work in hand are the execution of a 25th-repeat order for a semi-trailer for an overseas customer, and a 12th-repeat order for a similar type of machine for Messrs. Tagart Morgan and Coles, the wellknown timber merchants.
Too Many Prosecutions: 'C.M.U.A. View.
The 17th annual general meeting of members of the Liverpool Area of the Commercial Motor Users Association was held in Liverpool, yesterday.
The report states that the membership of the Liverpool section has been approximately doubled during the past year. There has been a slight drop in the number of cases where legal defence has been provided, but 32 per cent, of the actions were dismissed. Despite the decrease in cases dealt with by the Association, there are still, states the report, far too many prosecutions arising from the use of commercial vehicles.
Reference is made to the success of the representations to the Ministry of Transport with regard to the Mersey Tunnel by-laws and tolls, resulting in the concession of every major point demanded. DANGEROUS VEHICLE CASE: PARTS BROUGHT TO COURT.
A few days ago the owner of a 1930 Ford 30-cwt. lorry was charged at Leicestershire Petty Sessions with permitting the use of the vehicle while in a dangerous condition, the driver being charged with using the vehicle. The information was laid by Mr. G. R. Dales, a vehicle examiner for the East Midland Traffic Area.
The defending solicitor questioned the authority of the examiner to lay the information as a common informer, as he had not seen the vehicle: This was over-ruled by the Bench, who decided that the case should be heard.
Numerous parts purporting to belong to the vehicle, which was prohibited on December 13 by the senior vehicle examiner, were brought to the court and the degree of wear questioned. The prosecuting solicitor took exception to this procedure, and it was upheld by the clerk of the court that there was no proof that they were parts removed from the same vehicle.
After an inspection of the components and a lengthy cross-examination of the senior vehicle examiner, the Bench decided to convict, the operator being lined £7 and £2 12.s. special costs, and the driver £1.
Rebuilding a Weak Railway Bridge on an Important Route.
The Minister of Transport has made a 75 per cent. grant from the Road Fund towards the cost of rebuilding the Stag Railway Bridge at Fenny Stratford, on the London-Holyhead Road (Melling .Street).This is the first item in the programme of Buckingham County Council for eliminating weak, privately owned bridges, of which there are 15 on the classified roads in the comity. It has been given priority of consideration, owing to the heavy traffic; using Watling Street.
The bridge was found by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Co. In he inadequate to Carry • the heavy loads continually passing over it, and it was proposed to restrict, its use to loads not exceeding five tons. This would have resulted in serious disloea lion of traffic, • as Watling Street is carrying 20,000 tons of traffic a day and no suitable alternative route is available.
Objector Without Licences!
Allegations that a company was running vehicles illegally in Scotland and England were upheld at a sitting of the Northern Scotland Licensing Authority. An application was made by a Dunfermline contractor for a licence to which objection was lodged by Scottish Roadways, Ltd.
During the evidence, it was disclosed that Scottish Roadways, Ltd., had been acquired by Amalgamated Scottish Utility, Ltd., Glasgow, and that the former's goodwill and vehicles had been transferred to the new combine, which had also purchased other Scottish transport, undertakings. Protests against the relevancy of the objections lodged by Scottish Roadways, Ltd., and against an attempt to lodge
the objections in the name of Amalgamated Scottish Utility, Ltd., were sustained by the Licensing Authority.
A statement; signed by a director of the new combine, in which it was said that the company was already providing transport facilities in England and Scotland, 'was. produced. • Mr. R. W. Currie, for the applicant, said it was an amazing statement, as the new company had no licences and had not applied for them.
Progress of I.A.E. Repair-certificate Scheme. • We learn that the repair-certificate scheme for garage mechanics, organized by the Institution of Automobile Engineers, is making favotrable progress, and two new centres for practical tests have been opened, that in Bristol covering the western counties, and that in Bradford the Yorkshire area. Negotiations arc now in progress for opening centres in Lancashire and Scotland. RAIL TRANSPORT BLAMED FOR FAILURE IN HORSE RACE.
Evidence in support of the respondent was given by several racehorse trainers, when the Appeal Tribunal, at York, on Monday, resumed the hearing of the appeal by the London and NorthEastern Railway Co., against the -decision of the Yorkshire' 'Licensing Authority to grant Mr. Peter Kelly, of Malton, an A licence for a horsebox to carry horses from Melton to' race meetings.. Mr. H. D. Barley, of Mahon, said that, if Mr. Kelly were not granted a licence, they would probably form a private company. • In January, the hearing was adjourned on the respondent's applica.-: tion for permission to call. further evidence, and on Monday there was still another adjournment until Wednesday,
Mr. W. Easterby, of Norton, giving evidence for the respondent, said that, generally speaking, he preferred road
to rail transport. After giving instances of alleged delay and failure to obtain motor horseboxes from the railway company, the witness said that he and his neighbours asked Mr. Kelly to run a horsebox, and that the present services of the railway company and Mr: Kelly were inadequate. The witness attributed the loss of a race at Pontefract to the fact that the horse was reboXed at York and again at Pontefract, before it arrived at the racecourse siding.
The offices of Sir Charles Bressey, C.B., Engineer-in-Charge of the Highway Development Survey (Greater London), are now 'at 10, Smith Square, Westminster, S.W.1.