Merseyside training group
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• Plans are going ahead for expanding Merseyside's first road transport training group, which comprises most of the hauliers operating from Stanley Meat Market, Liverpool. The group—the Mersey side Transport Group Training Association —caters for employees of Ritsons Haulage Ltd. (including their Bristol and London depots), James Wharton and Sons Ltd., Fairfield Haulage Co. Ltd., W. T. Smith, W. G. Suckling Ltd., Duke Haulage Co. Ltd., and Thomas Wilson (Transport) Ltd, Since the association was established six months ago 18 men have attended the five-day heavy goods vehicle driving course, rigid to articulation. Drivers are trained up to class one standard and the three drivers who have taken the Ministry of Transport test so far have all passed.
At present two drivers are trained at a time and this number will be doubled in the New Year.
The group training officer, Mr. E. A. E. Yates, has a well-equipped lecture room in an office at Stanley Meat Market and a Ford D1000 for training purposes.
The group, which employs over 200 drivers responsible for 170 vehicles, is now in a position to accept nominations from other companies on Merseyside.