Nothing proved at Swindon
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• Having heard four 0-licence applications, a new B-licence application and a B-licence variation application, Mr J. R. C. Samuel-Gibbon, the Western LA, told the last applicant at an inquiry in Swindon on Monday that "strictly speaking you have not proved anything much". Nevertheless, the applicant in question, Mr M. T. Barnsley, of Chippenham, was granted his application to vary his B licence by the addition of one 81-ton tipper after the normal user had been amended to the satisfaction of the sole objector
present British Railways.
The amended normal user of the extra vehicle was: "Solid fuel and scrap metal on behalf of A. J. Parsons and Sons Ltd and road-making and building materials, all to non-rail connected sights and all within 150 miles". The normal user applied for was: "Road-making and building Materials, solid fuel and scrap metal to unconnected railway sights within 150 miles". The LA said he thought that Mr G. T. Hembury, the British Railways representative, had been "very reasonable" towards the applicant.
In evidence, Mr Barnsley said he had one vehicle which was fully employed. On the new vehicle it was hoped to carry the road-making materials in the summer and the solid fuel in the winter.
An application for a new B licence for one 8-ton tipper by M. Arlett, of Trowbridge, was refused for "want of prosecution" as nobody appeared to represent the company. Swindon Transport Services, F. Chivers and Son, J. T. Carpenter and Sons Ltd, and British Railways had objected.
An 0 licence, limited to two vehicles for one year, was granted to J. Woods and Sons, of Devizes. Mr J. M. Woods, a partner, in evidence said the vehicle, which had yet to be acquired, would be of 5-ton payload. They would be platforms with demountable containers and would be used mainly for the carriage of furniture; the vehicles would be inspected at 1000-mile intervals in the partnership's own garage. Mr Woods admitted that he had not yet used or seen the new drivers' log books. "A treat is in store", commented the L.A.
Other successful applicants were E. V. Bailey, of Malmesbury, who was granted an 0 licence for one vehicle for one year; R. A. Graham, of Stratton St. Margaret, one vehicle for one year; and R. C. E. Phillips, of Warminster, one vehicle for one year.