News of Municipal Activities
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Good Work by Liverpool Municipal Motors.
The annual report of the Liverpool Medical Officer of Health gives information of the work of the motor vehicles operated under the surveillance of the city engineeer, for street-cleansing purposes.
There are 681 miles of streets and passages within the city, and, during 1932, the 'quantity of domestic and street refuse collected was 373,179 tons, the tonnage dealt with per working day being 1,290. The whole of the streets and passages, with the exception of a few on the outskirts of the city, are swept weekly, but thoroughfares in the centre of the city receive attention daily. Five sweeping machines are employed regularly, three on night work (one of which collects, as well as sweeps), covering approximately 100 brush-miles of roadway nightly, and two on day work brushing the roadway and picking up the sweepings in sista streets.
In connection -with street watering, upwards of 2,750,000 gallons of water were distributed during the season, in addition to the large quantity used for street washing.
New Type of Traction flattery.
The works committee of Hackney Borough Council has had its attention called to a new type of electric-vehicle battery which has been placed on the market by the Portable Electric Power Co., Ltd. It is claimed that this battery will show a marked advance in traction-battery production and lower costs.
The committee considers that, as an experiment, one battery of this type should be purchased.
New Conditions on Petrol-storage Licences.
The highways committee of Burtonon-Trent Corporation has approved the addition of the two following conditions to licences for the storage of petroleum spirit:— "No petrol-measuring instrument erected within the county borough shall be permitted to have embodied inside the pump housing an electric motor which is not of a type certified as flameproof.
"Every petrol-measuring instrument operated by an electric motor shall, in addition to the operating switch on the instrument, be controlled by a main. switch fixed in an afiproved position in the garage or other premises, such main switch to control all the power-driven pumps in use, if more than one."
Johannesburg's Needs, His Majesty's Trade Commissioner at Johannesburg reports that the municipality of Johannesburg is calling for tenders, which have to be presented in South Africa by August 17 next, for the supply of two light petrol-driven runabouts, fitted with box bodies, the chassis to be of the four-wheeled type and capable of carrying a load of about 8 cwt. Further particulars can be obtained from the Department of Overseas Trade, 35, Old Queen Street, London, S.W.1 (reference GY12788). Proposal to Prohibit Locomotives from London Bridges.
The Bridge House Estates Committee of the City of London Corporation, on the suggestion of the Commissioner of Police for the City, proposes to seek an Order prohibiting the driving of heavy locomotives on Southwark Bridge. It is also sought to prevent the use by heavy locomotives of London Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Northants C.C. on Petrol Pumps.
Northants County Council reports that 14 new petrol pumps were installed during 1932-33. making a total of 195 pumps now subject to the administration of the regulations ; of this number, 187 have been stamped.
So far, the inspection tests have not proved to be as satisfactory as was hoped, for of 22 pumps inspected, five were found to be exceeding the limits of error, necessitating adjustments and reverification.