The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 1890. THOSE TRACTION ENGINES.
Not many weeks ago we published complaints of the danger caused to persons riding or driving along our roads by the traction engine nuisance, and, suggested that the County authorities should rigidly enf orcethe by-laws passed for the regulation of this description of. traffic in the interest of the public safety. Notice has been issued of the intention to do this, and so far, well.; ,But it is represented to us that the by-laws themselves are defective'in some respects, and it is very properly ui'ged that they should he revised with a view to making them more complete and effectual. For instance it is complained that on a recent occasion one of these enginesj after crossing the bridge, pulled up on the main road on the Tinwald side, and was there blowing off steam, so that it was with, great difficulty and danger that persons drifing could get past. It is further complained that, when travelling at night, these engines do not carry distinguishing lights, such as would indicate what they are for a long distance, and that such lights as are carried are wholly insufficient. These things certainly ought to be remedied, and it would, "vie think, be desirable that the complainants should make a representation ho the Council on the subject, indicating the various points in regard to which the present by-laws are defective, ■ and which it .is desirable to provide for. This done, the Council would do wisely to remit the matter to the consideration of its By-laws Committee, who could prepare the necessary amendments. Traction engines have become a necessity to our farmers and must, of course, pass along the roads, but there is, for that very reason, all the more necessity for so carefully regulating the traffic as to reduce to a minimum the risk of accident to those who have to drive or ride upon our public highways. The question is certainly one which certainly needs looking into, and that promptly. , ■