"Empty Bus Should be Licensed"
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IF a small operator's bus, which ran empty on its way to pick up contracted passengers, could fit in a works service which was cheaper and more suitable than the licensed services, then it was in the public interest that a licence be granted.
This was put to the West Midland Traffic Commissioners, at Birmingham on Monday, when Mr. C. F. Camtello, trading as Radley Motor's, applied for an express licence to operate a works service between Tile Cross and the factory of the General Electric Co., Ltd., Birmingham,
Birmingham Corporation objected, • but Mr, D. Skelding, for the applicant, said that the G.E.C. factory was sited some distance from the nearest corporation bus route. Workers living in the Tile Cross area had a walk, which took approximately 25 minutes, at each end of their bus journey. There had been complaints about the service and workers had approached Mr. Camtello, whose bus travelled over the route on its way to take up a contract service.
Questioned by Mr. A. Hayes, for the corporation, Mr. Camtello agreed that the service for which he sought a licence had operated irregularly for three weeks before it was stopped by enforcement officers. If a grant were made there would be abstraction from corporation services, he said.
The Commissioners were not, at the moment, concerned with the question of irregularity, said Mr. W. P. James, chairman. They were satisfied that a case had been made out for a modified grant, with five picking-up points in the Tile Cross area. A check would be made to ensure that the service started at the authorized time and that the bus proceeded at the proper speed.
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