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4th April 1912, Page 8
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It is anticipated that the new Tramway (M.E.T.) Omnibus Co., Ltd., will have its services in operation by the early summer.

The Bristol Tramways and Carriage Co., Ltd., has received delivery of another Dennis vehicle a 28 h.p., 20-seated char-a-bancs with torpedo-type body.

Liverpool Owners Want Increased Taxi Schedule.

Liverpool taxicab owners are asking for an increase in the minimum charge for the hiring of their cabs. A deputation has interviewed the Hackney-Carriage Sub committee of the Corporation to ask that the present minimum of 6d per halfmile, with an additional 2d. for every one-sixth of a mile increase in the distance, should he raised to a Is, minimum. It is hardly probable that the request of the cab-owners will be granted.

Open Air to Everywhere for Easter.

The L.G.O.C., fully alive to the vast possibilities opened up by the restricted railway services at Easter, officially announces the comprehensive programme for the holidays, which we forcasted in an article last week entitled " Transport and the Strike." These services will also be continued, on Sundays, until further notice. Some of the important new routes are

1. Tower Bridge and Welsh Harp. Hendon.

5. Stroud Green and Wimbledon Common.

30. King's Cross and Twickenham Station. 35. Elephant and Castle and Chingford Mount.

51 and 52. Somerset House and Hampton Court.

54. Marble Arch and Buckhurst Hill.

57. ShorAitch and Richmond.

5'1. Charing Cross and Harrow Weald.

59. Oxford Circus and South Croydon.

In conjunction with Tillings Ltd., a further route will he opened, with

the TI " B.s " between Horne Hill and St. Margaret-s.

Why Hull Failed.

In connection with the recent. abandonment of the Hull Corporation motorbus service, we learn front our local correspondent that the failure of this undertaking is attributable to the following facts : The corporation purchased secondhand machines which had originally belonged to the Birkenhead municipality. It is understood that between ..t400 and £150 was paid For each of these second-hand vehicles. The running expenses and repair bills have been unusually high, and the corporation carried out its own repairs. A deputation of influential employers in Hull was originally responsible for the inauguration of the system, and it was on the estimates which were prepared by the members of this committee with regard to the number of passengers which it was presumed would use the buses, that the service was started. These figures have never been reached in practice. It is generally felt in Hull that if new motorbuses of up-todate type had been bought, and if

the machines had been operated under modern conditions, the service would have been quite satisfactory. The Hull authorities were prepared to drop a certain sum on the venture, in view of the fact that it might be presumed to fill a public want.

Cabby's Sight.

The recent Order from the Public Carriage Office, with reference to taxicab/lien's sight and to the wearing of glasses, has caused great consternation among the old London cabmen, a considerable proportion of whom suffers from imperfect sight. One of the members of the Executive of the Cabmen's Union refused to face the test when applying for a renewal of his licence, so that his permit was temporarily suspended. Subsequently, however, he submitted to examination. The authorities have now appointed a qualified oculist to test the sight. Previously it was left in the hands of one of the officers, who simply tested with the aid of print at various distances.

Electrobus Echoes.

A first. meeting of creditors was held in the London Bankruptcy Court on 26th March, in the case of the Re-organization and Control Syndicate, Ltd. The statement of affairs showed liabilities amounting to 22160 and assets £5000, but with regard to shareholders there was a deficiency of 25411. The company had been promoted in July, 1909, with a nominal capital of £10,000, with the object of acquiring a controlling interest in the London Electrobus Co., Ltd. The nominal capital mentioned was, in April, 1910, increased to 114,000, hut the issued capital consisted of 6424 shares issued for cash and 2000 issued as fully paid. When a receiver and manager was appointed to take charge of the property of the Elect-rebus Co., in July, 1909, the Syndicate agreed to purchase from the trustees, for £3000 in cash and shares, all the undertakings, garage installations, property and assets, and in the course of the litigation which followed, the Syndicate waa ordered to pay into court 200 as security for costs ; this sum was raised on the security of a debenture for ts.00. In August, 1911, the principal and interest due under the debenture being in arrear, a receiver was appointed, but up to the present nothing had been realized. The matter was left in the hands of the Official Receiver. Taxis for Private-hire Purposes.

We hear that a number of the Charron cabs belonging to the General Motor Cab Co., Ltd., has been purchased by a well-known jobmaster, who intends to use them solely for private hiring. Under their reconstruction scheme, the General Motor Cab Co., Ltd., is contemplating finishing its big garage and repair shop at Brixton, where several new bays are to be added. A number of other alterations is also to be effected. Carrying Paris Postmen.

It will be remembered that some while ago we recorded the fact that the postal authorities in Paris had decided to carry out all their metropolitan distribution work by means of motor vehicles. It is curious to note, however, that postmen are still carried to many of their rounds in horse-drawn wagonettes, batches of about 30 of these letter-carriers being transported in each vehicle. The men leave the central office in groups, and then drop off the vehicle at the point nearest to the commencement of their rounds. It is true that the progress is not much quicker than a walking pace, but the system prevents the men's having to carry heavy bags from the central office to the scenes of their work. The postal authorities state that it has not yet been found sufficiently economical to substitute mechanical conveyance for this branch of the postal work. Nevertheless, so satisfactory has been the showing of the all-motor postaldistribution service, that it will not be long before this obsolete portion of the Paris postal department will. he brought up-to-date.

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