No Licence -for Clearing House
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AN unsuccessful application for a B licence for a .1-ton van to be used to carry general goods within 50 miles was made by a Liverpool clearing house, Swift's Forwarding (Liverpool), Ltd., to the North Western Deputy Licensing Authority last week.
ObjectoN were the British Transport Commission and four private concerns. Mr. E. A. Whitehead, for Swift's, said that they wanted a vehicle to carry small lots to and from Manchester and Liverpool docks.
Mr. F. J. Carty, managing director, stated that the company had two special A-licence vehicles, one based in Liverpool and another at Chessington, Surrey, with an affiliated concern, Seager and Simner, who had three vehicles. The combined fleet was engaged on general haulage between Liverpool, Manchester and London. The van was needed for clearing the balance of loads from the docks, where there were frequent delays involving quay rent and watching charges.
Mr. G. H. P. Beams, for the B.T.C., said that the Transport Tribunal had • always taken the view that there should be a substantial fleet before vehicles for local collections and deliveries could be allowed. There was no evidence to support need for a 50-mile radius.
Mr. H. D. Mace, for the other objectors, said that there were hauliers in Liverpool who depended entirety upon dock traffic.
Mr. Whitehead submitted that other hauliers would not move odd items from the docks. There was no financial connection between Swift's and the Chessington operators. The affiliation was merely for convenience. In 1955, Swift's earned £48,000 and spent £35,000 on sub-contracting. There was a definite need for a small vehicle E100 FINES FOR HOURS AND RECORDS OFFENCES A KILMARNOCK haulage firm were in. fined a total of £100 at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court when they admitted that their drivers had driven for excessive periods and to failing to keep correct log sheets.
A spokesman for the firm, Messrs. James S. Auld and Sons, said that since the death of Mr. Andrew Auld in March, a former traffic clerk, who had no experience of record keeping, had to take over that responsibility. When the faults were discovered, a new system was put into force.
The fiscal said a total fine of £2,900 could be imposed.
STEEL PRICES UP
ON Monday the maximum prices of iron and steel products were advanced by an average of 6 per cent. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that they regarde.d the -increase "very seriously indeed."