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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.
So it seems that I may have got my wires crossed with my previous suggestion.
I confess to have not thought about this feature before, but I cannot recall ever noting a bus of the RF, RT or RM family in service without those smart rear wheel trims.
The Country Bus and Coach department, which was handed over to the National Bus Company, had no obligation to follow the same path.Thus the Broadway/Chiswick dynasty that had effectively reigned since the days of the General came to an abrupt end.All new brooms like to be seen to sweep clean, even if some of the items thus discarded are of benefit.The postulated 1971 date of the decree stipulating the removal of the trims fits with the fact that, from 1st January 1970, London Transport came “under new management” when the Central Buses and Underground operations were transferred to the Greater London Council.In the 10th June 1969 House of Lords debate on the proposed Transport London Bill, it was dismissively stated that “London Transport management is very weak”, this from a Tory politician whose career had been mostly in agriculture.