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20th June 1947, Page 28
20th June 1947
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42,600 VEHICLES MADE IN FOUR MONTHS I N the first four months of this year, British commercial-vehicle manufacturers produced 42,610 vehicles, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Of the 42,391 vehicles for civilian purposes, 12,723 were exported and 29,668 were for the home market.

Production by classes was as follows:—Under 15 cwt.. 15,708; 15 cwt.-6 tons, 22,491; 6 tons and over, 974; .motorbuses and trolleybuses, 3,218. These figures exclude battery-electrics, of which 605 were produced in the first quarter.

April's contribution consisted of 12.320 vehicles, of which 12,275 were for civil use. Of these, 3,719 were for export and 8,556 for home service. Vehicles under 15 cwt. numbered 4,740; 15 cwt.-6 tons, 6,377; 6 tons and over, 238; motorbuses and trolleybuses, 920.

During the first three months of the year 13,443 agricultural tractors were produced-4,316 for export and 9,127 for the home market. The most popular types were three-wheeled and fourwheeled tractors, of which 7,997 were made.


NEXT week's issue of "The Commercial Motor" will contain a review of vehicle, trailer, tractor and other mechanical exhibits to be seen at the first post-war Royal Show, to be held at Lincoln from July 1-4. The Show will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 1 and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the following days.

The price of admission on the first day will be 10s., on the second and third days 5s., and on the fourth day 2s. 6d. Books of tickets at £2 per book can be obtained containing five at los., nine at 5s. or 20 at 2s. 6d. Application should be made to the secretary, Royal Agricultural Society of England, 16, Bedford Square, London, W.C.1.

Parking for coaches will cost 10s. per day and for cars. 5.s, per day. Carpark season tickets cost 15s.


GLASGOW Corporation has approved a minute of the Conditions of Service Committee, proposing reference to the National Joint Industrial Council of the claim by the traffic staff of the transport department, for a 40-hour week. Employees already have a 44hour week, as awarded by the J.1.C.

The men's union is stated to contend • that the special, difficulties of conditions in Glasgow justify a 40-hour week.


AWELL KNOWN and oldestablished bus business run by Mr. James Smith, of Barrhead, Renfrewshire, has been purchased by the Scottish C.W.S.. Ltd. Mr. Smith first ran horsed buses in 1922, and expanded the business until it operated five coaches and six buses. The undertaking will be transferred on July 1.


QVERSEAS buyers are receiving %—/priority in delivery, said Sir Miles Thomas, vice-chairman of the Nuffield Organisation, in announcing that the group had set -up a record for business with the Argentine.

In .the first four months of the year, the Nuffield Organisation exported 658 vehicles to Argentina, a figure four times greater than that for the corresponding period of last year. LORD WOOLTON TO LEAD FINAL ASSAULT

LORD WOOLTON willpreside at a meeting to be held at the Central Hall, Westminster, S.W.1, at 7.30 p.m, on June 26, to mark the culmination or the transport industry's campaign against the Transport Bill during its passage through Parliament.

The speakers will include Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, K.C., M.P., Capt. Peter Thorneycroft, M.P., Major David Renton, M.P,, Sir Charles Stuart-Williams, and Mr. Henry Dutfield, M.Inst.T., chairman of the Road Haulage Association.

The meeting has been organized by Aims of Industry, Railway Stockholders' Association and the R.H.A.


NEARLY 1,500,000 sq. yds. of road in the London traffic area are to be resurfaced during the next six months. Dual carriageways are also to be built in the outer area on the Kingston By-pass and on the Tooting-ReigateHookwood Road.

Parts of Queen Victoria Street, Piccadilly, Hamilton Place and High Holborn are to lie resurfaced, as welt as the whole of the roadway of Vauxhall Bridge. ft is proposed to reconstruct Surrey Lock Bridge (Rotherhithe Street, Bermondsey) and to remoye the bridge over Limehouse Upper Entrance. The space formerly spanned by the bridge will be filled in and the bridge replaced by a road.


NAR. G. R. STRAUSS, M.P., Parliaalmentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, will speak on "Transport" at a meeting of the Institute of Transport (Metropolitan „Section) on November 3.

The section's first annual dinner will be held on September 26.

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