AN ACTIVE MOTOR COACH ASSOCIATION.
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What was Accomplished Last Year by the Blackpool Owners' Organization.
T1TFI ANNUAL report of the Blackpool and District Motor' Coach Owners' Association, Presented to the annual meeting on -April Mk, dealt with a variety of topics. of vital concern to local owners. The committee of the association instituted inquiries into various matters relating to coach traffic, the most important of which was the closing of roads and the attempts to stop vehicles unloading and loading within the neighbouring borough of Lytham St. Anne's. This action was frustrated by the efforts of the committee, which lodged an appeal with the responsible Government department, and, at a public inquiry, the council's representatives agreed that they would provide certain accommodation at St. Anne's, Fairhaven Lake and Lytham. These concessions were embodied in the Bill. As a result of experiences during the 1924 season, particularly at Fairhaven Lake and Lytham, another petition was lodged with the Lytham St. Anne's Council, asking for further pro
visions to he Made and, according to the report, it is hoped to secure more parking stations.
The question of issuing short-period
licences also engaged attention. The association placed itself in communication with the Ministry of Transport to ascertain whether it would be possiblefor owners to obtain daily or weekly. licences. The secretary (Mr. H. Hardman) received intimation that, as from January 1st last, proprietors who took out the usual quarterly or yearly licences might at any time return the licence to the issuing office and a rebate, forming the major portion of the tax paid, would be refunded for the unexpired period of the licence. That, of course, was a step in the right direction, and the committee, it is added, would not be satisfied until daily or, at any rate, weekly licences could be obtained 80 that, say, at Easter, a licence could be taken out by a proprietor to cover him Lot that week only, so that he might earn a little revenue.
Attention was also given to the Blackpool Improvement Bill, and a definite ruling had been obtained from the town clerk that nothing at all in the Bill related to char-a-banes stands or traffic as affecting the interests of local proprietors.
Members of the association were con gratulated on the maintenance of the higher rates last season, and the hope was expressed that all proprietors would, in the coming season, endeavour to keep the fares at something like a reasonable level for the benefit not only of themselves but of the coaching trade as.a whole.
The officials of the association for
the ensuing year are : President, Mr. J. W. Hurst all, of Messrs. Horsfall, Salthouse and Co.; vice-presidents, Mr. J. W. Dewhurst and Mr. a.. E. Taylor. The committee is composed of : Messrs. Albert Hodge, R. Marshall, V. Stander wick, J. Butterworth, Milner, D. Roberts, Lucas, Spencer and 3. H. Jackson. The hon, treasurer is Mr. J. Stead, of King's Hall Motor Co., and the hon. secretary Mr. H. Hardman, A.I.S.A.