, Rates for Carrying Packed Aircraft
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Result of an Agreement • _Reached at a Meeting of • Representatives of the Air Ministry and of Roadtransport Operators
THE correct procedure to determine rates for road transport has been exemplified in respect of the conveyance of aircraft packed in cases This is a specialized branch of road transport because the cases are usually outsize and the vehicles must travel in convoy and along prescribed routes, all of which are important factors in determining what are fair and reason, able rates In this case the Air Ministry drafted what it considered to be -reasonable proposals and circulated them. amongst operators concerned in this special form, of traffic. A meeting was then convened at which both sides were well represented. . As the outcome, complete agreement was reached and the following rates and conditions are applicable as from the first of this month'
(I,) Traffid is to be carried at owner's risk without • recourse to the carrier,: except where damage is brought about by the negligence of the carrier, when the limit of his liability shall be £1,090,with an excess of the first £25.
(2) The times as recorded by the consignors and consignees. shall be taken for assessments, unless it can be clearly proved that an error has been made. As the operator's driver will be present when these times are inserted On the road warrants and he is thus in a position to challenge an entry, the department must insist that any discrepancies arising after delivery shall be taken up by the operator direct with the consignor or consignee.
• (3) The vehicles referred to herein will normally travel in convoy, (4) This basis of charging is only admissible:-(a) when the aircraft load is of at least 1,509 cubic ft. capacity, or when smaller (b) where the vehiCle used is of at least 12 tons carrying capacity (dead weight) or a specially adapted vehicle of 30 ft. ln platform length.
BASIS OF CHARGING The amounts resulting from the computation of each of the following elements are admissible concurrently: (1) TERMINAL CHARGE. £3.
(2) EMPTY RUNNING.
Where a vehicle is ordered by the consignor to travel. empty for the specific purpose of picking up the load, the mileage rate of Is. 8d. will be applied for any distances travelled in excess of 5 miles. Similarly, after discharge of the load, this mileage rate will be applied for distances in excess of 5 Miles to the nearest normal loading point.
(3) HOURLY CHARGE.
The rate of 7s 6d. per hour-when -the vehicle is manned by two persons or 6s. per hour with one driver, will be admissible on the basis of 24 hours per day from the actual time of reporting at the unit ready to load until the time of actual release at destination,
(4) MILEAGE CHARGE.
For cases not exceeding 30 ft. length, lb ft. 6 ins, width, by 9 ft. .6 ins. height, a basic rate of ls. 8d. per mile calculated on the A.A. recorded distance on the direct route between loading and unloading points, subject to the provision that where the mileage actually covered exceeds the above A.A. distance by more than 20 per cent. the excess mileage will be allowed at the appropriate rate (including bonus). Where, however, the destination is changed en route the mileage will be calculated on the A.A direct route up to point of diversion, thence to discharging point.
For cases, any dimension of which exceeds those quoted above, a bonus on the mileage rate will be allowed as •
(a) Id. per mile for every 2 ft., or part thereof, by which the length exceeds 30 ft.; or (b) Id. per Mile for every 2 ft., or part thereof, by which the width exceeds 10 ft. 6 ins.; or (c) Id. per mile for every foot, or part thereof, by which the height exceeds 9 ft. 6 ins., subject at all times to the load being of 1,500 cubic ft. capacity. MINIMUM CHARGE.
The minimum charge shall be £7 per vehicle load.