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30th March 1911, Page 15
30th March 1911
Page 15
Page 15, 30th March 1911 — Motorcab Topics
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Geo. Polkey, Ltd., has introduced a new taximeter lighting and signalling system.

A new type of Coventry-Humber chassis has now been licensed by Scotland Yard.

A few days ago, the British Motor Cab Co.'s whole fleet had to be sent out minus its equipment of spare wheels.

The Provincial Motor Cab Co., Ltd., is reported to contemplate the abandonment of its branch business in Aberdeen.

Both the Gamage-Bell and the General Motor Cab companies are experimenting with new types of engines, with a view to their embodiment in future models that may he used by these companies.

The Commissioner of Police has decided that, if a motorcab be purchased on the hire-purchase system, the licence must remain in the name of the vendor until all the instalments have been paid. In the event of a sale, the licence must expire before the purchaser's application to take over the permit will he considered.

New Registrations.

The I.D.L. Motor Cab Co., by Jordan and Sons, Ltd., with a capital of 2500—a private company. Savigear Motor Cab Co., Ltd., with an authorized capital of ENO in El shares, and with its office at 13, Kenway Road, Earl's Court, W., to take over the motorcabs belonging to Alfred Savigear, and to carry on the business of motorcalo and taxicab proprietors, etc. First director : Alfred Savigear.

Brodie and Kennedy, Ltd., with an authorized capital of £3,000 in Li shares, by J. A. B. Horne and Mustard, 13, South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, to acquire the business of Brodie and Ker,inedy, 3, Young Street, Edinburgh, taxicab proprietors and motor agents. First directors : J. D. Brodie and R. S. Kennedy.

London Taxi Drivers' Mutual Supply Co. Ltd., with an authorized capital of £1,500 in El shares, and with its office at 40, Fernhurst Road, Fulham, S.W., to carry on the business of proprietors of motoreabs, etc. First directors : S. A. Michaels, J. Chantrell, C. F. Fitch, G. J. Hansford, 0. S. Langford, A. J. Renoize, and C. Thomas. The existing Knowledge of London schools are much disliked by those cabbies who already possess licences, as, of course, the latter deprecate any efforts to increase the number of drivers.

The regulations with regard to the working of empty cabs in the closed theatre zones of London at night call for drastic revision before the period of congestion arrives, which is likely to attend the Coronation festivities. „.

Bristol is to have further increases in its taxicab fleets. The Provincial Motor Cab Co. is asking for six additional licences, and Sir George White, on behalf of the local tramway company, has already intimated that his company is considering the advisability of making application for permission to run 50 more such machines.

"The Mush."

In the days when 10,000 horsecabs were annually licensed by the Metropolitan police authorities, the proprietor of a number of "

plates" not exceeding six was known as a " mush " or a "little mush " in the cabbies' vernacular. The origin of this cognomen is a matter of doubt, but it is believed to have been an abbreviation for mushroom—a reference to the supposed lack of experience of many small owners. Nowadays, the driver-owner of a taxicab has inherited the title of " a mush."

Wallasey Wedding Mishaps.

Damages, to the amount of 285, were awarded, last week, in the Nisi Prins Court, against the Wallasey Taxi-cab Co., in favour of a lady who, on the 8th October last, falling out of the door of a taxicab, owing to the swerving of the vehicle, WHS saved from more-serious injury on account of the size of the hat which she was wearing. She had been to a wedding and was on her way to see the couple depart for their honeymoon. The above-mentioned company was also, on the following day, mulcted in .E45 damages, at the Liverpool Assizes, on account of injuries received by a lady on 12th November last, who, owing to the swerving of the cab, fell out of the door on to the roadway. In this case the lady WaS on her way to a wedding.

For Indian ".Fares."

Delhi is to have several hundred-. new taxicabs stationed there in preparation for the Durbar celebrations. New orders have been placed for additional machines. quite recently, and fleets of secondhand taxicabs, to be purchased orhired, are being sought in London, for despatch to India.

New Argyll Orders.

A year ago, Wylie and Lochhead, Ltd., Glasgow, ordered two Argyll taxicabs. Gradual increases were made, until to-day the company has 15 .Argylls on the streets of Glasgow, and at the last meeting of directors, a further order for Argylls was authorized. We are informed that nearly all the Argyll taxicabs under manufacture at Alexandria are repeat orders.

" B.A." London and Paris.

The " B.A." motarcabs (Banque Automobile, of Paris) are all Unic machines that are held by the drivers on co-operative principles_ The machines become the ultimate property of the shareholders of the company, all of whom are taxicab drivers ; they are let out for six days a week at 25s. a day. This charge covers an instalment on account of purchase price, interest on loans, garage upkeep, tires, etc_ The Banque Automobile of Paris has in the past successfully financed many driver-owners.

An Accumulator Failure.

Our Berlin correspondent informs us that the Berliner Elektromobil Droschken Aktien Gesellseha.ft, familiary known as the " Bedag," is now either to be wound up or reconstructed with fresh capital. The company, which operates accumulator motorcabs, has worked at a loss from the outset, and the deficit on last year's working was something like £20,000. "Concisely put " (says our representative), "the whole share capital is lost_ This is noteworthy in view of the fact that the company annually worked several hundreds of electric cabs. Now for the dominancy of the netrol cab which has so long been waging war against the accumulator-driven models in Berlin." The " Bedag " machines were operated under a slightly-higher tariff' than the competing petrol vehicles_

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