Prepare for Tax Increases T HAT the industry should be prepared
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to put up a big fight against any increase of taxes was one of the points made by Major the Hon. Eric Long, J.P., at an A.R.O.. meeting at Ipswich, last week.
Operators should write to their Members of Parliament pointing out that already a tenth of the national revenue was subscribed by road users, said Major Long. Whilst he had no knowledge of the Chancellor's proposals, it was especially important, in view of the approaching Budget day, that the industry should take every step to put its views before the Members of Parliament.
Speaking of the value of the Association to individual operators, Major Long said it had been carrying on a great fight against, the attempt to standardize rates. Such a move would he asserted, lead only to the benefit of the railway companies. The Association had, he said, secured the reform of the National Joint Conciliation Board and had obtained a fairer representation on it for operators.
Dealing with the question of redundant vehicles, Mr. P. J. Anthers, secretary of A.R.O. Eastern Area, said that in his area many operators found that about 10 per cent, of their vehicles were in use only during the three months of the sugar-beet season. They would have to abandon the idea that they could maintain these as permanently licensed vehicles.
The following were elected to the committee :—Messrs. W. Green, T. Nice, B. Copping, Minchln, F. H. Jolly, J. Ives, H. Weavers, Gooding, S. G. Sawyer, Page, Thorpe, C. Lord, Emeny and E. Taylor.