Scottish Co-ops warned
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• A warning was given in Glasgow last week by Mr. A. B. Birnie, Scottish LA, that maintenance must be to the highest possible standard and that the performance of individual companies would be taken into account in their future applications.
He was presiding at hearings under Section 178 (16) when shortcomings in maintenance were detailed. Cambuslang and District Cooperative Society was reprimanded but not penalized. Carluke Co-op. Society had one vehicle suspended. Consolidated Land Services (Scotland) Ltd., was granted variation and continuation of existing licences_ but had one vehicle removed from A licence under Section 178 (1B).
In all three cases the shortage of qualified reliable staff was advanced as a mitigating factor. Undertakings were given that there would be personal check in future. Mr. Birnie urged attendance at meetings which are pending on the subject of good maintenance, use of the trade organizations' facilities and suggested in the case of the Co-operatives that they should link through the Scottish Co-op. Wholesale Society to ensure improved standards.