STRONG OPPOSITION TO UNREASONABLE TRAMWAY PROTECTION
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Companies' Buses Not to Pick Up Passengers Within 440 Yds. . of Leicester Municipal Services IT appears certain that the decision of the East Midland Traffic Commissioners in affording protection to the public-transport services of Leicester Corporation will be challenged. This decision, announced a few days ago at the Leicester sitting of the Commissioners, was to the effect that buses owned by commercial operating companies will be prohibited from picking up passengers within 440 yds. of any of the existing corporation .tram or motorbus Services.
Application for this class of protection was made by the corporation which, it was stated, has spent one million pounds on its tram and motorbus services and last year carried 54 million passengers. The tram-service frequency varies between four minutes and 2i minutes. One of the principal objectors to such protection was the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Co., Ltd., which is preparing an appeal.
The chairman of the Commissioners said when he granted the application, that such a condition had been laid down in Nottingham and Lincoln, and that he thought it would be best if the same 'rule were applied throughout the country. As an appeal will materialize, it is likely to be in the nature of a test case for the matter is a highly contentious one.