18 OCTOBER 1940, Page 5

* * * * One class of worker whose services

to the community at this time are in danger of being too little recognised is the road haulier. Driving night after night with no headlights on roads carrying much more traffic than the day-traveller would imagine imposes an immense strain in mental concentration and physical endurance, but even in such conditions the road- services continue almost unimpeded, and many big industrial concerns which have found the railways fail them in the past month have been kept going by the men who drive the lorries on the roads. I see the road-hauliers are asking for a rise in wages, and I hope they may get it.