YORKSHIRE EMPLOYERS STAND FIRM.
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Inquiries show that the general policy of the large body of. A and B.-licence holders in the Yorkshire Area who have supported the Yorkshire employers' agreement on wages and conditions— to which the trade unions are not parties—is one of not putting into operation the National joint Conciliation Board's Grade I rate of wages, pending the outcome of the investigations which the Government committee of inquiry is making with reference to wages and conditions.
A trade-union circular has been sent to Yorkshire A and B-licence holders drawing attention to the fact that the national award of Grade I wages is due to operate from October I, but it may be anticipated that this will not cause any change in the policy just outlined.
Railway Fails in Opposing A-licence Renewal, Despite opposition by the L.M.S. Railway, an application for the renewal of an A licence, with permission to acquire an additional vehicle, was granted by the Yorkshire Licensing Authority, Mr. J. Farndale, at Bradford, on Tuesday last.
The applicant was Mr. Sam Greenwood, trading as I. Croft and Sons, haulage contractors, of Yeadcin. Representatives of several Yeadon firms supported the application, On the ground of increased need for road transport owing to better trade conditions,
Mr. Greenwood said that his turnover for the 12 months ended March 31 last was 33-i per cent, greater than that for the previous year. He was ask. ing leave to run another vehicle to give him 25 per cent. additional tonnage.
Police Mistakes Can be Rectified.
-If a driver be warned that proceedings for an alleged offence will be taken against him under a certain section of an Act, whereas, in fact, a summons is issued under another section, the case is still good in law. This decision was reached by Whitchurch (Glam) Court, on Monday, in a case in which a driver had been charged with driving without due care and attention.
The defence was that the proceedings were invalid. The driver was fined £5 and costs, and his licence endorsed.
Palm Oil as Fuel for Motors.
_a 10-ton lorry running on ,palm oil and a saloon car using charcoal gas as fuel are among the motor vehicles being driven around Belgium.
Belgium has to import all its petrol and is now in search of a substitute fuel that may be produced at home or in the Belgian Congo. Fuels such as semi-coke md charcoal gas, palm oil, synthetic petrol and alcohol are among those under review.
A British steam lorry is operating successfully in the Congo, using palm oil in a specially designed burner, and engineers are now trying to use the oil in ordinary internal-combustion engines. Cotton-seed oil is another product which, with certain minor engine B18 modifications, can replace heavy mineral as, it is claimed.
A special Colonial commission has been investigating methods of utilizing the vegetable and mineral oils that are obtainable for motor vehicles in the Belgian Congo.
Owner Should be Responsible?
The .fact that, in law, the driver of a cattle carrier is responsible for breaches of the regulations governing the provision of loading and unloading ramps, etc., was the subject of comment by the Mayor of Pembroke at the local court. The Mayor said that a common-sense view would be that the owner, and not the driver, should appear before the
bench. It was ridiculous to fine a driver for such an offence.
Hay's Wharf—Express Transport Transfer.
Hay's Wharf Cartage Co., Lid., has applied to the East Midland Licensing Authority for the transfer of an A licence held by Express Transport Service (Wellingborough), Ltd., in respect of 20 vehicles (62i tons): The Commercial Motor reported, on August 14, negotiations by Pickfords, Ltd., a subsidiary of the Hay's Wharf concern, for the purchase of the Express Transport business.
. Death of Col. Blarney.
It was with much regret that we learned of the death, at the age of 58, on. September 23, at Rottingdean, of Col. Edwin Herbert Blarney, D.S.O. In company with Sir Raymond Dennis, K.B.E., we were chatting with the Colonel on ' the previous Monday, during a visit to the Dennis works, when we referred to his work in the Avonmouth Docks Reception Park for .subsidy vehicles in the early days of August, 1914.
His commission in the Army Service Corps dated from 1902, but he served in the South' African War as a dispatch rider. In the late war he commanded the Lahore Division Ammunition Park and IX Army Corps Ammunition Park.
Tyresoling Progress: New Company Formed.
Henry Simon, Ltd„ announces that the Manufacture and sale of TyresoIes, hitherto carried on as a department of its engineering business at Cheadle Heath, Stockport, have been transferred to an associate company trading under the name of Tyresoles, Ltd: The head office and works will continue at the present address. The transfer has become necessary by reason of the expansion of the business, and we are told that the sales of Tyre,soles have increased more than 700 per cent, in the past 12 months, Developments have been considerable in London and the Home Counties, and the company has found it necessary to acquire a large section of the palace of Engineering, at Wembley, which is now being equipped with plant having four times the capacity of that at the, company's present factory in Duke's Road, Western Avenue, W. VEHICLE NOISE—SECOND INTERIM REPORT.
In the first interim report on noise in the operation of mechanically-propelled vehicles, issued last October by the Departmental Committee set up by the Minister of Transport, the proposed 'tests for maximum standards of noise were as follow:—Normal running test: Vehicle driven at 30 m.p.h. on full throttle (or at maximum legal speed if less than 30 m.p.h.), using gear preferred by driver. Maximum loudness at 18 ft. from middle of vehicle, 90 phons. Racing engine test: Vehicle stationary, engine running to give maximum power output. Maximum loudness 18 ft. behind exhaust pipe, 95 phons.
The Committee suggested that, to prevent dislocation, there should be, for a period of two years, a relaxation of 5 phons in both tests for motorcycles and in the -normal running test for certain heavy vehicles.
In the second interim report, the Committee recommends that, for simplification, . the running engine test . should be on the same basis as the normal running test, i.e., 90 phons, but taken at a point 25 ft. from the exhaust. It was found that the transition from tolerable to undue loudness occurred in the region of 90 phone, The Minister is acquiring six noise-measuring instruments to assist manufacturers in carrying out the tests.
Germany's Fuel Independence in Pour Years.
" In 18 months' time, Germany will be free from the necessity of importing petrol and in four years it will have solved all the problems of making the country independent of foreign imports." This prophesy was made last Sunday by Herr Hitler, in opening the first 1,000 kiloms, (625 miles) of Germany's new motor roads, the route from Breslau to Liegnitz in Silesia. " In five years' time," the Fuhrer declared, " the first 7,000 kiloms. of these roads will be opened to traffic."
The L.C.C. Made a Mistake.
At the South-Western Police Court on Monday last, a lorry driver was summoned for driving a goods vehicle for which an H.G.V. licence was not in force. It would appear that he acted on advice obtained from the London County Council, and produced a letter from this authority saying that he did not need a licence. Nevertheless, the magistrate informed him that the council was wrong and fined him 5s.
Shortening a Kent Coastal Road.
The distance to Ramsgate via the Kent coastal road will be shortened by several milts as the result of a scheme for which a grant has been made from the Road Fund to Kent County Council. At present the coastal road ends at the Canterbury-Margate road, but it is now intended, at a cost of nearly £55,000, to build a road one mile long, which will form a link between the coastal road and the Ramsgate road, about one-and-a-half mile east of Sarre.