Evidence Was No Good, Solicitor Tells Authority
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AHER an applicant's solicitor had admitted that the evidence as to part of the variations sought was "no evidence at all," the Yorkshire Deputy Licensing Authority, Mr. J. H. E. Randolph, refused the application except in one minor part.
A. Waite (Coal), Ltd., of Birstall, Yorks; had asked the Authority, sitting in Leeds last week, to vary the conditions on two B licences so as to include various commodities, particularly coal and coke, and other materials by way of return loads. It was, said Mr. Randolph, really an application to bring the 8-licence vehicles into line with the normal user on the A-licence fleet, and in particular to bring back certain commodities from the Manchester district as required by another haulier. He had every sympathy with the reasons for the application—it was a very good thing that return loads should be carried where available—but there was no evidence of need.
As he read the evidence relating to coal and coke, it appeared the only difficulty occurred in winter. There had been a considerable fall in the output of coal. He would have thought the practical result of that must be a lower demand for haulage.
Mr. Randolph said he would permit the carriage of shoddy manure (a waste woollen material) only, as it was a commodity in respect of which a grant would do nothing but good and would not hurt the objectors.
WARNING FOR DEFAULTERS
APPLICANTS who appear late or who notify late withdrawal of their bids are warned in the current edition of Applications and Decisions by the South Eastern Licensing Authority. At least three clear working days' notice is requested, before the date of the inquiry, for such notifications.
"Unless there is a decided improvement, it may be necessary to list a greater number of cases for each inquiry. This may result in inconvenience and additional expense for applicants whose cases cannot be disposed of on the date fixed," adds the warning.
riA CONVENTION on the problems involved in providing adequate parking facilities in business areas for private cars is to be staged on October 6, at Central Hall, London. by the Institution of Municipal Engineers. It will include a British Road Federation parking exhibition.
NEW FUEL FILTER
A FUEL filter with a resin-impregnated
paper element has been introduced by Simms Motor Units, Ltd. A feature is its small size, whilst the element is water repellent also. Ease of element removal is noteworthy, and the design includes no seals or springs. WIDER RADIUS APPROVED
THE radius of operation for a Blicensed collection and delivery vehicle (granted some months ago) was widened by the Scottish Licensing Authority, Mr. W. F. Quin, last week. Tartan Arrow Services, Ltd., the applicants, told the Authority that the vehicle was fully employed within the radius granted, but was needed for work farther afield to ensure smooth and . effective delivery of goods to the company's warehouses in outside areas.
LONDON BUS INQUIRY SOUGHT
A DEPUTATION of five London ri.bustnen on Tuesday presented a 20,000-signature petition to Mr. Frank Cousins, Transport and General Workers' Union general secretary, urging him to press the London Transport Executive for a public inquiry into the causes arid effects of the London Transport bus' staff shortage,