M.O.T. AND LANCASHIRE BUS DISPUTE.
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Official Support for the Application of a Well-known Company.
THE Rawtenstall Corporation has received the decision of the Ministry of Transport on the inquiry conducted at Rawtenstall into the application of the Rawtenstall Corporation to run a service of motorbuses into Burnley, and that of Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., against the refusal of the corporation to grant licences to ply for hire in the borough. The Ministry of Transport states :—" (1) The Corporation of Rawtenstall should be authorized to operate omnibuses over the routes set out in the corporation's application, except in so far as such routes which are situate within the county borough of Burnley. (2) Licences should be granted by the Corporation of Rawtenstall to Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., to enable them to operate omnibus services between Burn ley and Bolton. (3). Licences should also be granted by the Urban District Council of Ranisbottom to Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., to enable them to operate motor omnibus services between Burnby and Bolton and Blackburn and Raw
tenstall. (4) The Corporation of Burnley, in the existing condition, were justified in their refusal to grant licences to Ribble Motor Services, Ltd., to enable" them to ply foi hire along Manchester Road, I3urnley, in connection with services proposed to be operated by the corn pany between Burnley and Rawtenstall. " While the above indicate the views of the Minister, and he will, if necessary, be prepared to grant his consent to the application of the Rawtenstall Corporation to the" extent indicated, and also, if necessary, to order the Corporation of Rawtenstall and the Urban District Council of Ramsbottom to issue licences to the company, he is of opinion that the whole position should be reconsidered by the parties concerned in the light of the statement of his views.
"It appears to him that—at any rate, under existing conditions—there is room for both the corporation and the company to operate services over the routes in question, and that it is highly desirable, in the interests of all concerned, including, of course, the general public, that arrangements as to these services should be come to between the parties."