Radio Control Cuts Ambulance Costs
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I N the first 20 weeks of its use, radio control of part of the Lancashire county ambulance service cut mileage by 28,861. Lancashire County Council were told this at Preston yesterday, in a report by the health committee.
"If this level is maintained, the reduction in running costs for the year will amount to £2,340 for this area alone," the report added.
The committee submitted further that the annual saving could be in the region of £19,000 through the reduction in the wages bill consequent upon cutting overtime. The report stated that the committee considered a case had been made out for extending radio control over the whole of the administrative county. They are asking the Ministry of Health for permission to purehase the additional equipment required.
POSITIVE LUBRICATION FOR LEYLAND AXLES
HAVY-pUTY vehicles produced ;by Leyland Motors, Ltd„ are now offered with positive lubrication. for worm-driven rear axles. Additional lubrication has been found to be beneficial for vehicles operating in the tropics and on hilly routes. To obtain standardization, however, the new lubrication system has been introduced on models irrespective of the ambient temperatures in which they normally work.
Types concerned are all those with single-drive axles, comprising the home and export Beaver and Steer models and the export Super Beaver, also homemarket Hippo and Octopus models with single-drive rear bogies.
The gear-type pump, driven by the rear end of a worm shaft, draws oil through a pipe from the axle sump. The oil is delivered to two nozzles, mounted over the worm shaft, which spray oil on the shaft at the point of mesh. Oil flung off the worm is passed to the bearings.
The new lubrication system has been successfully tested on vehicles operating on actual haulage services.
A conversion ku is available so that existing vehicles may be modified.