T.R.T.A. REPORTS A SUCCESSFUL YEAR
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I N its second annual report (1946-7), issued for the Traders' Road Transport Association by Colonel A. Jerrett chairman) and Mr. F. D. Fitz-Gerald, F.C.I.S. (national secretary), it is pointed out that the year has been one in which the Association has had to concentrate Its endeavours on the vital question of the future control of inland transport, whilst further consolidating and developing its own organization. In both fields a substantial degree of success has been achieved. Through the N.R.T.F., continued representations have been made urging the abolition of fuel rationing for commercial vehicles.
On May 7, 1446, the Association held a successful conference of national trade associations and thus brought into being The National Conference of Trade and Industry on Transport. A general committee and an action committee were then formed, with Colonel Jerrett as chairman of each. Then, in December, through the National Conference, was set up The Liaison Committee of Transport and Industry.
Following the introduction of the Transport Bill, a Central Committee of Transport Users was set up, the T.R.T.A. becoming a• member. Thus the overwhelming majority of users of all forms of inland freight transport became represented. This ensured coordinated representations to the Minister of Transport and fundamentally contributed to secure the continued freedom of C-licensed vehicles.
During 1946 membership increased about 50 per cent., and it is continuing to grow rapidly.
DOCK STRIKE: ROAD TRANSPORT HELPS OUT TRANSPORT to the Western Islands continues to be seriously affected by the strike of dockers on the Clyde. Since March 28 no carp) steamers from the Clyde, the normal source of such traffic, have arrived at West Highland
ports. Road services to Catripbelto-wn
• and Kintyre and similar mainland ports were quickly organized and have worked well. One was arranged by the Clyde and Carnpbeltown Shipping Co., Ltd.
SPEED THE DAY • THERE will be no difficulty, when the I Conservatives return to power, in undoing the nationalization of road transport, said Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, K.C., M.P., in a speech at Marlborough last Saturday.
CHARTERED AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERS
ALL I.A.E. members may now style themselves members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and corporate members of the latter who are registered members of the Automobile Division, may use the title -Chartered
Automobile Engineer.' • JOINT BOARD FOR
NATIONALIZED INDUSTRY? RELEGATES to a meeting of the
Scottish T.U.C., last Friday, carried a resolution calling on the Government to set up a joint administrative board for nationalized industry. The proposal was that trade union representatives on the board should be equal in number and status to Government representatives.
MANUFACTURERS THREATENED A THREAT that, when coal, electricity and steel were nationalized, the Government would use its monopoly to control and reorganize the motor industry was made by Mr. R. H. S. Crossman, M.P., in a speech at Coventry last Sunday.
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