M.O.W.T. and S.J.C. Review Matters Haulage
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AS the Government Haulage Scheme has been in operation for some months, the M.O.W.T, and the S.J.C. have, together, reviewed a number of points in the light of the experience gained. We have already dealt with the question of the revised scale of rates for hired vehicles, which resulted from negotiations carried out by the Finance Panel of the S.J.C. and the Ministry.
Discussions on other matters were based on a memorandum submitted by the Controlled Undertakings and Hired Vehicles Central Panels. This was first considered at a meeting held -under the chairmanship of Sir Cyril Hurcomb (Director-General of the Ministry), when sub-committees were appointed to examine in detail the various points raised with the Ministry.
One result, which we have already mentioned, was the invitatiem of the Ministry for the S.J.C. to appoint representatives to attend the monthly meetings held by the Divisional and Area Board Haulage Officers, Difficulties created by the present labour position were also discussed, the Ministry pointing out that it was, equally concerned in the matter, and was already inactive eonsultation with
the Ministry of Labour. Ways and. means for making the best use of Mad transport arid: avoiding undue empty: running were considered, together With improvements in vehicle intelligence and the co-ordination of movement.
It was emphasized by the S.J.C. that the success of road transport depends largely upon the direct personal control of vehicles and drivers; measures to improve this between the owners. and drivers of .hired vehicles were agreed upon, So far as practicable, vehicles will operate on mutes with which the owners and drivers are familiar, and will normally be returned to their home bases by the third movement -or within seven days.