Trade Plates used by Haulage Concern
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GENERAL trade plates had been used by a Walsall haulage concern as an "economic way" of putting a six-wheeler on the road, it was alleged at Walsall magistrates court, last week.
A police officer saw the vehicle on several occasions leaving Walsall power station loaded with ashes. It was always bearing the plates, said Mr. Richard Tucker, prosecuting.
"If people could have trade plates for the ordinary purpose of their trade—not ancillary to the sale of vehicles—and use them for haulage, everyone would be using them and saving E140 a year in road fund duty," he added.
H. Winfield (Walsall), Ltd., Wolver hampton Street, Walsall, pleaded not guilty to four charges in connection with the use of the lorry with general trade plates. They were also accused of operating a lorry without a C licence and without an Excise licence, and for failing to notify change of ownership.
Mr. Harry Winfield, managing director, said that he dealt with 200-300 vehicles a year. The vehicle in question was bought for scrap, but after testing he thought it was good enough for collecting ashes. "When testing vehicles it is necessary to carry several loads on them. The trade plates were used on several vehicles." he added.
The company were fined a total of E45. E9