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Brake Efficiency : Operators' Views

4th April 1952, Page 31
4th April 1952
Page 31
Page 31, 4th April 1952 — Brake Efficiency : Operators' Views
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THROUGH' their associations, 1 passenger-transport operators have told the Ministry of Transport that 20 per cont. g. [unladen] is "the only reasonable and practicable standard which could be set." for the efficiency of hand brakes on public service vehicles, This is revealed in the annual report of the Public Transport Association, issued on Tuesday. The figure of 20 per cent. g. equals a, stopping distance of 67 ft. from 20 m.p.h.

The report states that the Ministry is considering representations by the P.T.A., the Municipal Passenger Transport Association and the Passenger Vehicle Operators' Association for an increase to 30 ft. in the permitted length of four-wheeled double-deckers.

The Ministry has told the P.T.A. and the M.P.T.A. that every effort will be made to reduce to a minimum, the time taken to deal with applications for the increase of fares.

These two associations are considering the need for approaching the Minister to secure a more permanent authorization for statutory operators, who, in relation to applications for increased fares beyond their statutory maxima, at present depend upon Orders made by the Minister under Defence Regulations.


A,. SUBMISSION that special consideration should be given to the needs of conscripts and that the fact that services provided for them at weekends would abstract traffic from existing regular facilities should be disregarded, was made by Mr. J. C. Perks, for Streamways, Ltd., Penarth, when the company's appeal againt the refusal by the South Wales Licensing Authority to grant it a licence to run services to a number of large cities from St. Athans R.A.F. camp at week-ends was heard by Mr. R. L. H. Hiscott.

Mr. Perks referred to the lower rates, the more favourable return times and the greater comfort that the proposed facilities would afford the airmen. Objections came from the Railway Executive, the Western Welsh Omnibus Co., Ltd., Associated Motorways, Ltd., Yelloway Motor Services, Ltd., Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., and Red and White Motor Services, Ltd. These parties contended that existing services, were adequate and that traffic would be abstracted from thetn.

Mr. Hiscott commented that present services were adequate. The Minister has dismissed the appeal with costs.


REFLECTORS made of P.V.C. are I being offered by Crompton Parkinson, Ltd., for garage-lighting equipment, instead of the usual vitreous-enamelled steel types. It is claimed that the plastic reflectors have advantages over steel models and may supersede these, except where lighting fittings have to be installed in locations where the ambient temperature exceeds100 degrees F.

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