The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1913. TRACTION ENGINE TRAFFIC.
« The Wairewa County Council ia following the steps taken by thp Halawf U County Council recently to protect the roadg it controls against traction engine and heavy traffic, The Wnirewa County Coragcii controls thak pnrfc of the Plains country between Little River and Halswell and ■between the shores of Lake Ellesmere and the hills, and of recent years the heavy traffic has played bavoc with the roads which lie with in Counoil's boundary. Ia the harvesting season of every year traction engine traffic ia much more frequently used foe haulage purpoßOß fchan the railway, atad the loads carried along these roads , , ,_ L _~ _j MM«aefi>!nfo/l Aim an
The conseqnenca is that very heavy engines ply along tha County roads, which drag immensely heavy loads and tear up the reads to a most alarming degree. Newiy in tallfd nade havp, it 13 stated, been qaite o')lit(ra ed by this heavy truffle io wet weather, and large txpenaa in me'alling by the Council is thrown away. The Council, therefore, has decided to follow the lea-1 o£ the Halswell Council and adopt by-laws which will roabrict the carrying cf loads over the weight of twelve tons exclusive of vehicles. The speed is also restricted, and the breadth oi of wheels, grips on wheels, etc., are all provided for in the new bylaw. In adopting thig by law, we believe the Council are quite justified. The coat of maintaining the main road is borne equally by the ratepayers in the whole Wairewa County, and a con pervation of a proper and equitable expenditure on the Plains portion of the main road is only just. It is argued that in nearly every case where traction engine haulage is utilised the farmers employing these carriers could use the railway. The traction engine traffic is, no doubt, eheapar under the present conditions, but the destruction of the roads over which the heavy traffic passsg is a big expense to the ratepayer?. The by laws will, we understand, practically exclude traction engine baulnge, as apart from being only allowed to carry a load of twelve tons, the owner will have to pay an annual license of £15 per annum. The railway is almost at the door of itH farmers living on or near the main road, so that the restriction o£ heavy haulage by traction engine should not prove a great hardship. It i 3 hoped to have the new by-law in operation before the autumn bar vest i 3 ready for transit, and under tha n9w conditions of ! traction engine baulnge the barm done to the County loads should prove very considerab'y less than has been the in past yfare.