Letters No Help To A Newcomer
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NJEWCOMERS to the industry must show that work which they seek cannot be done by existing transport. Supporting letters are of little value as evidence, as a Licensing Authority does not know what is in the writers' minds and cannot investigate further. Licensing Authorities should be wary of authorizing excess transport.
These principles were stressed by the Appeal Tribunal in allowing a recent appeal by Barnstaple and North Devon Haulage, Ltd., and Moor and Son (Haulage), Ltd., against the grant in April, 1947, of a B licence to Mr. H. C. Sparks, North Molton, Devon, permitting him to carry cattle, feeding stuffs, fertilizers, etc., within a 15-mile radius. Mr. David Karmell, for the appellants, submitted that the Licensing Authority had been wrong in granting a licence to a newcomer on letters and on his own statements. He, had also been wrong, it was submitted, in concluding that it would be an advantage to farmers to have vehicles available at North Motton at short notice. It would not be in the public interest to have a vehicle in every parish.
The Appeal Tribunal stated that it farmers really required further haulage facilities, they would not consider it unimportant to attend before the Licensing Authority. An award of 10 guineas costs was made jointly to the appellants.