Fortunately the hierarchy realised in time, and decided not to use NBG after all!
A change in speed or an uneven road surface would, eventually, dislodge the trim but with LT’s vehicles engines governed to low speeds and, even in the country areas, slow traffic, I just wonder what speeds could be attained to have the trim fly off so as to cause injury.
More likely this was a maintenance edict issued by a management rethink.
Whilst it was a long while before wheel nut indicators etc., instances of loose wheels on large vehicles were not uncommon – I saw three trucks lose wheels on the M1 in a two month period in 1967 – and a stricter inspection regime than previously was put into place by many operators of large vehicles.
I’ve just had a look through Ken Blacker’s book ‘RT’ (Capital Transport,1979) and he states that ‘in November 1971 the order went out to garages to remove the discs.
It seems odd to me that after over twenty years and millions of miles in service a wheel trim should come off in such a way as to injure someone and trigger a mass removal.
The trims were attached by a u shaped bracket bolted at each end to the hub.bright trim and badges were painted over, or simply not replaced if bodywork was required, wheel trims started to disappear, and all in all the fleet started to look ramshackle and neglected. Unfortunately PTE’s seemed to be little better, in fairness, Go Ahead seem to make an effort, and their vehicles are better presented than those of another company of Scottish origin, but I’m afraid that apart from a handful of smaller companies, the glory days are long gone I like the acronym Ronnie has posted, NBC = No Body Cares.A slightly different one – unprintable in ‘family’ circumstances – was in a trade magazine which crossed my desk some years ago.As to how/where preservationists find them now, that’s a mystery.Unless some garages stockpiled a quantity for use as dustbin lids!Could the daughter have done anything to make the father feel at ease? Should he have said anything to show more trust in his daughter? Does the boy pick up the girl from her house or do they meet somewhere?