Applicant Insisted on Full Hearing
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AN applicant insisted that his case -should be fully heard at Newcastle upon Tyne last week, despite a warning by Mr. G. W. Duncan,. Northern Deputy Licensing Authority, that there was little chance of his application succeeding unless he could produce witnesses.
Mr. W. Clark, Sunderland, applied to vary his B licence to enable him to carry furniture and household goods within 15 miles. He told Mr. Duncan that his present licence allowed him only to carry meat from wholesale butchers in Sunderland.
He wanted the change in conditions because the conveyance of meat was not profitable. He had a new vehicle which was costing him £6 2s. per week in hirepurchase instalments, and had often had to refuse people who wanted him to transport small pieces of furniture. Mr. Clark produced letters supporting his application.
Mr. I. Robey. for B.R.S. (Pickfords), who objected, asked the applicant if he were aware of the hygiene provisions relating to the carriage of meat, and whether it would be proper to carry
furniture in a vehicle used for the transport of meat for human consumption.
Mr. Clark replied that he scrubbed his vehicle out nearly every day with boiling water and soda.
Mr. Robey then indicated that his clients would not oppose an application by Mr. Clark to carry new furniture from Manufacturers and retailers, but the applicant declined an invitation by Mr. Duncan to amend his application.
Refusing the application, Mr. Duncan said that the applicant, as a newcomer, ha a to prove that existing hauliers could not handle the work that he intended to do.
Mr. Clark then asked Mr. Duncan how to appeal against the decision. Mr. Duncan told him that he should take advice from his solicitor. " But you would be wasting your money," he said.