Notes on The Government Road Haulage Scheme
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PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES.-With the approach of spring the need for completing the Defence Lines grows more urgent. Contracts entered into cover only 20,000 vehicles. Three or four times this number are wanted, and wanted quickly.
THE LAST THOUSAND,-Offers of suitable vehicles for the chartered fleet are not yet coming in with the rapidity the Ministry would like to see. The total number of suitable vehicles offered is 1,500, or 60 per cent. of the 2,500 aimed at. There is room, in particular, for many more vehicles of the 10-11-ton class. In asking the industry for a speedier response, the Ministry again wishes to point out that no vehicle will be called up until required, and then only after adequate notice. Moreover, as the average number of suitable vehicles for each operator is 2.56, it will he seen that acceptances, when they are notified, will be well spread over the industry. But it is important that the Ministry should have the offers now. If every haulier will respond according to his ability, it should be possible to get that last 1,000 before the month is out.
A BRIGHT SPOT.-The brightest spot of the scheme is the Hauliers' National Traffic Pool. Some 1,770 firms have _been registered, but this figure could easily be trebled. The appointments are announced of Mr. G. J. Mullany, as honorary manager for the Liverpool Committee, and Mr. G. W. Travers, as manager for the Nottingham Committee.
TONNAGES MOVED.-General cargoes moved under the Road Haulage Scheme in the week ended February. 28 amounted to 17,000 tons. This is in addition to the meat and livestock carried by the vehicles of the Meat Snb-section and the tonnages moved by the Pools at Hull, Liverpool and Manchester, whicla had not then been absorbed.
NATIONAL SCRAP RECOVERY CAMPAIGN.-To help demolition contractors, who have difficulty in arranging their own road transport, the Road Haulage Branch of the Ministry of War Transport, acting in conjunction with the Ministry of Supply, has appointed and will continue to appoint until the whole country is covered, a number of carriers to act as agents for the snpply and control of the necessary vehicles. The H.N.T.P. has collaborated in these
• arrangements. Carriers who wish to offer their services for the movement of this , metal should apply to the nearest agent or, pending the appoint ment of an agent in any particular area, to the nearest office of the Road Haulage Branch. The rates of pay are as laid down in Documents RH/D/19 and 20_ The following appointments have been made in the South-western Division, telephone numbers being given: Appointments in other districts will he announced shortly.
INSURANCE OF GOODS IN TRANSIT.A haulier writes- " I am a participant in the Hauliers' National Traffic Pool and am not sure of my position regarding third-party and goods in transit insurance.
Answers to the following questions would be of assistance." (The answers have been inserted after each question.)
Q. Why is it necessary for a deduction of 2 per cent, to be made?
A. The 2 per cent. is to give automatic extension of the mOtor policy from limited use to unrestricted general haulage.
Q. Will my motor policy meet the Minister's requirements?
A. It will if the policy be with a listed insurer and includes cover for unrestricted general haulage.
Q. How can I confirm to the Minister that I am covered for unrestricted general haulage?
A. You should write on each invoice " covered for unrestricted general haulage " and initial, Q. On what occasions will a 2 per cent, deduction for third-party insurance be made?
A. If you 'd not state on your invoice that you are " covered for unrestricted general haulage." In this case you should write on the invoice the name and address of your motor insurer and the number of the motor policy_ Q. Why is it necessary for a deduction of 3 per cent. to be made?
A. So as to provide automatic cover for goods-in-transit insurance where you have not been able to lodge with the Minister the certificate of compliance, RII/D /25a.
Q. How can I tell if my goods-intransit policy provides the cover required by the Minister?
A. You should obtain from any office of the Road Haulage Branch or the Bauliers' National Traffic Pool a form, RH/D/25a, which you should ask your insurers to complete. If your policy be satisfactory it will be returned to you completed-if unsatisfactory you will be told by your insurer. Completed forms should be sent immediately to the Ministry of War Transport, London.
" Covered by certificate RH/D/25a." to the Ministry of War Transport, how do I avoid a deduction of 3 per cent. being made?
A. You should write on each invoice " Covered by certificate RH/D/25A."
Q. If the insurers cannot complete RH/D/25a what do I show on my invoices?
A. You should write the name and address of your motor insurer and the number of the policy and a deduction of 3 per cent, would then be paid by the Ministry of War Transport to the motor insurer.
Q. Do I ever show on my invoice the name of my goods-in-transit insurer?
A. No. The name and address of your motor insurer only are required where necessary.