Motors to Cut Cleansing Costs
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TTHAT there should be an acceleration tion of the substitution of motors for horses, as a means for effecting economies, is suggested in the report of a special committee of Manchester City Council, which has just mane a
review of a five years' forecast of expenditure. The cleansing department operates 96 petrol vehicles and maintains a stud of 207 horses.
It is explained that, in the past five years, expenditure on the transport fleet has been at the rate of £.13,000 per annum. The cleansing department. in pursuance of its policy, has included in the estimates provision for an expenditure of £8,000 on mechanical transport in 1936-37;. £6,000 in 1937-38; £5,000, 1938-39; £4,000. 1939-40; and £3,000, 1940-41. It is anticipated that by 1941 all horses will have been superseded.
Figures have been extracted showing the savings that can be effected by the change-over. Collection of household refuse by motor vehicles costs 8s. 4.23d. per ton and by horsed carts 11s. 7.41d. per ton; house-refuse conveyance to tip, motors £12 17s. 9d., horses £16 Os. 2c1. per week; nightsoil collection, motors £10 14s. 21, horses £13 13s. ld. per week; street sweeping and collection, motors 10s. 8.88d. per 10,000 sq. yds., horses 15s. 11.21d.; gully-emptying, motors £15 us. 5d., horses £29 10s. 8d. per 1,000 gullies. .
These striking figures are typical of the economies that are being effected all over the country by the substitution. of motors for horsiest..