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26th August 1909
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The Sanitary Committee of the Lowestoft Town Council approved several cabs which were submitted to it on the 10th inst.

The New Park Motor Cab Co., Ltd., with an authorized capital of £2,000 in £5 shares, and with its registered office at 77, Robinson Road, Tooting, S.W., has been formed.

Licences for two taxicabs were granted, last week, by the Southend Town Council, to a Mr. Phillips, of Wood Grange Drive, Southend-onSea, subject to the approval of the police superintendent.

A 10-12 h.p. Darracq is the first taxicab to ply for hire in IFswich : the owner and licensee is a Mr. E. A. Carter, of that town. Norwich is reported to be envious of Ipswich, and we wonder why Mann and Egerton, Ltd., has allowed this to come about?

Liverpool Developments, The Liverpool branch of the Provincial Motor Cab Co., Ltd., which is located at the Sefton Garage, Bentley Road — Liverpool's West End—under the charge of Mr. TI. Frank, is going ahead in a remarkable manner, to the no small disconcertment of local jnbmasters and certain other garage proprietors. The Sefton Garage is connected by Private lines to the principal hotels, restaurants, clubs and cab-ranks in the city, and no fewer than 90 cabs, 60 of which are Darracqs, and the balance private Charrons de luxe, are steadily employed. Excellent fitting-shops have been established, where repairs can be undertaken to as many as 20 vehicles at a time, and this is bringing in a great deal of private work from the district. The company also has its own

paint-shop, taximeter-repair shop. drivers' mess room, stores-rooms, and a full range of lavatories. On the other side of the Mersey, at Birkenhead. a correspondingly-excellent garage has been installed. We illustrate the single-deck Charron omnibus, which is "jobbed " for the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, leaving th company's Liverpool garage.

Recently, a party of some 50 members of the staff and employees indulged in a motor picnic at Rhyl, travelling to and fro per motor. General Motor Cab Co.

The current traffic returns of the General Motorcab Co., Ltd., are sent to 118 as follow

Week ending Saturday, 21st August, £12,454.

Previous week, .t14,370.

Corresponding week. 1908, P-11,159. Decrease on previous week, £1,916. Increase on corresponding week, 1908, £1,295.

Total receipts from 1st August, 1909, £40,493.

Increase on previous corresponding period, £5,070.

It should be noted that the above figures take no account of the average number of cabs in service.

Dundee's Napiers.

The Napier taxicabs for Dundee, to which we made a passing reference last week, are of the four-cylinder 1.5 h.p. type, with landaulet bodies, and they are under the charge of the Dundee Motor Carriage Co., whose

manager is Mr. Brian T. King. For style and finish, these vehicles are hard to beat, and they will be put on the road at the ordinary cab fare of is. per mile, with a waiting charge of 4d. per five minutes. Alternatively, on private-hire work, they will be charged two guineas per half day (not exceeding 50 miles), three guineas per day (not exceeding 80 miles), or 1.3 (not exceeding 100 miles). S. Smith and Sons, Ltd., has supplied most of the fittings, taximeters, etc.

Popularity at Sydney.

The Sydney Taxicab Co. has quickly abandoned the hiring-out scheme under which it started. The cabs now ply for hire in the ordinary way, and special stands in three prominent places have been allotted. These are the railway station' the post office and the circular quay. All the ferry traffic starts from the last-named place. The horse-cabmen are naturally very disgusted ; they seek to insist that motors shall use the same ranks that horses do, and take their turn in the same way. The suggestion is looked upon as absurd, and fortunately there is little chance of its being carried into effect.

The Last of the Hansoms.

In London, during the past few weeks, it lia.s been noticeable that visitors—Americans more particularly—have called hansoms off the ranks notwithstanding the presence alongside of motorcabs. We offer this explanation: that they are afraid the hansom may be extinct on the occasion of their next visit, and that they are accordingly keen to have an experience—no matter how unpleasant—before it is put beyond possibility of attainment. A particular case, which we observed only a few days ago, arose with an American coupe, who came out of a well-known restaurant. The gold-buttoned functionary at the door gave the usual " Taxi, sir? ' " Why no," said the lady, " we'll just have one of those lurching hacks. I reckon it'll be our last chance, as we won't be here again before next Spring." Whereupon, the pair clambered into a hansom and prepared for all the varying emotions of the Earl's Court switchback.

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