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A meeting of'motorists was held in Methven iast ■evening, Mr T. Doherty presiding over a good attendance, inci!uding several members of the Ash-, burton branch of the Canterbury Automobile Association, and Mr A. S. Olarkfcion, a member of the association's ■ council. / :: *•'-'' Apoiogies were received' from'- Mr Hawke-s, president of the association, and Mr Lodhhead, vice-president, who were unable to attend. '" '■ Mr Clarkson addressed motorists on the objects and aims of the association, which was out to protect the motorist from drastic legislation, by-laws,' etc.-, and to assist motor ear owners generally. , A union in connection with the association, sat in Wellington ;.to "assist the Government in-, framing': by-laws, etc.* There was to be introduced shortly a tax on motors, and it behoved every motorist to join the association which would see that the tax imposed was fair and reasonable. The method favoured by the association)-was that of taxing tyre covers, the tax to be collected through the Customs, and' 'the money^ derived from this source to he expended on roads, etc. . The: association also , favoured the . Government taking over the main arterial roads with a view to having them properly constructed. The Canterbury Automobile Association at present had a membership of over 1300, and a financial statement showed the association's assets-and cash to be over £1500, wllilist the liabilities were nil. Mr Clarkson referred to several improvements that were required in the way of bridging creeks, rivers, etc., in the Comity, and'the pressure that was being brought to-bear on the authorities by the association in these matters. He.-also referred to the need of fingerposts being erected „in the. County, which, lie-stated, was one of the'worst signed localities between Christchurch and Dunedin., Mr D. Friediamlcr suggested that a committee-. beV#formed in Methven. .Delegates from Hhe committee" could attend meetings at Ashburton, and the district's requirements could be referred tq the council of the association through t}ie.Ashburton branch. Mr T-. Hunter explained that practically the whole of the revenue from membership, fees would be spent in the district.. ••...- . Thq Chairman asked if it were the intention, of the association to establish a garage in Christohurch. Mr Clarkson said the matter had been discussed on several occasions' by the council,, who were in favour of the proposal, but the association was not yet sound enough financially to entertain the question of erecting a garage. After further discussion it was unanimously resolved to adopt the suggestion made by Mr IX Friedlander, and the following provisional committee was .subsequently 'set .up, lvith power to add:—Messrs T. IDbherty, C. J. Grubb, W. Lock, J. Carr, W. Morgan, and 11. Green.

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MOTORISTS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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MOTORISTS Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919