The London (and Provincial) Passenger Transport Bill.
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THE agreement arrived at between the promoters of the London Passenger Transport Bill and the powerful group of bus companies operating '-'11n;k% the surrounding area, if given effect, will endow the proposed Board with a still greater degree of monopoly than has hitherto been apprehended. The main advantage to the Board is that the possible opposition of the federated companies is replaced by their co-operation, and, between them, it is difficult to see any place—any hope for the independent operator.
The class of operator who, since about 1928, has built up the coach traffic between central London and outsklrt towns will be at a distinct disadvantage, for the Board will be able, by its privileges within the monopoly area, its working agreements and the new 'hiring regulations which have just been announced, to operate superior coach services as far afield as the south-coast towns. Surely this is something more than a London scheme?
If a Board is to come into existence let its monopoly be confined to stage carriages in the Metropolitan traffic area, and let it apply to outside Traffic Commissioners for extra-territorial licences on a par with other operators.