P.T.A. Protest on Fuel Tax
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"vMPHATICALLY prof e of n 1-+ against the imposition of a further tax of 7id, per gallon on liquid fuelthe raw material of the passenger road transport industry a resolution addressed to the Chancellor of the Exchequer was unanimously approved by delegates to last week's annual conference of the Public Transport Association. The resolution refuted the "misleading suggestion that a 4 per cent.rise in operating costs is negligible."
"Similar artificial rises inflicted on the industry in 1950 and 1951 Caused increases in fares," the Association declared, "and the industry has already warned you that a further 7d. tax must inevitably mean that fares will go up again." It was stated that this unique levy now abstracted 3d. per mile from operators, a substantial addition to, and a large percentage of, total operating costs.
Having been assured that the Government is prepared to consider a proposal made by the London taxicab trade to grant a rebate of ls. per gallon on the fuel tax, the National. Taxi-car Association is approaching the Chancellor of the Exchequer with a plea to consider the car-hire and taxicab industry throughout the country. It suggests that the concession should be available to all vehicles operating for hire or reward and seating fewer than eight passengers.
[A report of the discussion at the conference appears on pages 436-438.] VAUXHALL OUTPUT FALLS SHORT
RRATIC deliveries of steel last year caused many costly dislocations and interruptions in the production-flow of Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., with the result that the number of vehicles manufactured was far below the volume planned at the beginning of the year. Altogether 77,877 cars and commercial vehicles were made, and 68 per cent. of them were exported.
Mr. G. N. Vansittart, chairman of Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., gives this information in his annual statement.
The company's net profit for last year was £942,935. This figure was struck after allowing for taxation of £1,782,679, depreciation and other charges.
NEW FARE PROPOSALS " PROPOSALS to give effect to the Government's intentions in regard to fare increases are being worked out, and every effort Will be made to introduce any changes in London and the rest of the country as soon as possible."
Mr. Gurney Braithwaite, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, made this statement in the House of Commons on Monday.
WHIT LICENCE CONCESSION
DART-YEAR licences for vehicles 1may be taken out from May 30 (the Friday before Whit Sunday), as well as from June r. The extra charge for commercial vehicles is 10s.