Straddle Carriers May Run on Road
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jr is now legal to use a straddle carrier I which complies with all the Construction and Use Regulations except those relating to springs, overhang and width. on a road for demonstration and delivery on sale, provided that no load is carried.
A straddle carrier that complies with the Construction and Use Regulations on springs and overall width, but not that dealing with overhang, may, whether laden or unladen, pass from any premises to any other works in the immediate neighbourhood.
Such a vehicle must not draw a trailer or exceed 12 m.p.h. The overall width must not exceed 9 ft. 6 in. If the vehicle or its load exceeds an overall length of 30 ft., police permission must be obtained to use it on the road, giving at least two clear days' notice.
These changes were brought about by the Motor Vehicles (Authorization of Special Types) General Order, 1955, which came into operation on Monday. Its main purpose is to bring the law relating to special-type vehicles into line with this year's Construction and Use Regulations.
The only change of substance concerns straddle carriers. A minor alteration is made in the form of notice to be given to highway and bridge authorities.
1259 "HOURS AND RECORDS" FINS
FINES totalling £259 were imposed at Leeds City Court last week uporr W. F. McQuire and Sons. Ltd.,. Burton Road, Leeds, and six of their, drivers, after they had pleaded guilty to offences -relating to driving hours and records.
"This company has been grossly negligent and, with regard to records. 1 think the men themselves have treated them as mere scraps of paper on which almost anything could be written," stated Mr. R. Cleworth. Q.C., the stipendiary.
The company were fined a total of £185 on 37 summonses and were ordered to pay £25 costs. One driver was fined £35 on 18 charges.
For the company, Mr. P. Kenny said that records had not been properly checked, but he denied that defendants were parties to fraudulent or unlawful alterations.
LICENCE REFUSALS COST 11,000 A YEAR
DURING the past yed.r, the Licensing Authorities have refused in six cases to grant applications for licences by operators who had submitted the lowest tenders to the War Department for the transport of civilian workers to and from W.D. depots. The extra cost to public funds was about £1,000 a year, so long as all the six contracts continued in force, the Secretary of State for War revealed in Parliament last week.
175 Vehicles Wanted
IT is proposed to purchase 175 new vehicles for additional routes under the road transport development plan of the Himachal Pradesh Government, India. A scheme costing Rs.700,000 is scheduled for completion over five • years. At a cost of about an additional Rs.1.25m., at least half the present fleet of some 200 petrol vehicles will be converted to oilers.
SECOND MIRROR NEEDED
ALL heavy goods vehicles in New Zealand must now have a rear-view mirror on the near side, in addition to the normal mirror. Twin red rear reflectors are now compulsory on 'all. vehicles. Sun visors are required on all vehicles to which they can be filled.