Hebble and Yelloway Try Torquay Again
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WHEN Hebble Motor Services, Ltd., and Yelloway Motor Services, Ltd., applied on Monday to run excursions from Halifax to Torquay during Halifax holiday fortnight, they were accused of trying to insure themselves against an adverse decision on their recent appeal. Last month the two companies joined the Yorkshire Pool in contesting the Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners' decision not to allow them Torquay licences (The Commercial Motor, September 20).
Mr, G. P. Crowe, for British Railways, submitted to the Yorkshire Commissioners that Hebble and Yelloway were now trying to ensure that no matter what the outcome of this appeal they would have facilities from Halifax, He urged that the application should be refused.
For Hanson's Buses, Ltd., the other objectors, Mr. J. Evans said the application was premature, and it would he wrong for anything to be done until the Minister's decision on the appeals was known.
Mr. F. D. Walker, for the applicants, said because of the Minister's delay, the companies were in some uncertainty over their 1958 bookings. If the Minister reversed the Commissioners' decision, the present application would be redundant. Hebble provided the link service with Yelloway for their Torquay excursions from Rochdale, which had operated for a period of nearly 30 years.
Mr. Crowe replied that these operations might be proved illegal, in which case the applicants should not be allowed to benefit from their wrongdoing. Decision was reserved.
EXAMINERS FIND 39 OF 57 LORRIES DEFECTIVE
WHEN Ministry of Transport YV examiners made, a spot check of commercial vehicles on the main road at Branston, Staffordshire, they found that 39 of 57 lorries were unroadworthy, and nine qualified for immediate prohibition. This was stated at Burton-onTrent, last week. when four concerns were fined for using vehicles with various defects.
B.R.S. (Pickfords), Ltd., were fined £5 for using a lorry with defective steering; Burton-on-Trent Co-operative Society, Ltd., £5 for having inefficient brakes on their vehicle; and the Derbyshire Stone Co., Ltd., £5 for defective steering and brakes. They all pleaded guilty.
The other company. Spun Concrete. Ltd., Branston. who denied using a vehicle with the brakes not properly maintained, were also fined £5.
Mr. C. J. Grey, defending, said the case rested on the stopping distance when the hand brake was applied. Manufacturers intended this to be used as a parking brake—not as a means for stopping the vehicle.