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CBI comes to rescue of troubled BRF

EMPLOYERS' LOBBY group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is to take over the British Roads Federation in a move designed to keep the organisation alive.

The BRF - under pressure from members who are unwilling to keep up their subscriptions - is to cease operating in its present form at the end of this month.

The demand to reduce overheads and long running arguments over differentials in the subscription fee structure, is said to be behind the collapse of the BRF after more than 65 years.

Negotiations are on-going over which BRF staff and library resources would be absorbed into the CBI.

The BRF is expected to fund itself within the CBI for an initial 12 months, with cash from subscriptions.

In its new form, subscription fees will be cut with all members paying an equal amount.

The extent of membership overlap among BRF's 90 members from the motor, oil and road building industry was unclear this week. Some are already CBI members.

The reduced organisation, retaining two staff, is expected to include a briefing service for individual members and analysis of government announcements.

But lobbying will probably be conducted through the CBI as will research of multi-modal transport solutions.

'The BRF board has been considering its options and an announcement will be made in due course, ' said BRF head of policy Andrew Tesseyman, adding that members, in general, supported the idea.

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