.B.R.S. Lose Lorries But Not Customers
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ALTHOUGH, under disposal, the number of British Road Services 'vehicles had decreased, the demand for the State undertaking's services had not reduced in proportion, with the result that they could not give their customers the service to which they had been accustomed.
This statement was made for the British Transport Commission by Mr. R. Berldington, when the Commission applied to the South Eastern Licensing Authority at Maidstone, last week, for an A licence for 11 articulated vehicles and four lorries to be based at the Sheerness depot of British Road Services, Ltd.
Mr. David Karmel, Q.C., opposed the application on behalf of 18 hauliers.
Mr. Beddington said that the serious change in circumstances which resulted from disposal had made it necessary in some cases for the depot to hire vehicles from private operators. B.R.S. were not asking for new business, but for facilities to bolster up their established business and so give their customers better service.
To a great extent, the Isle of Sheppey was affected by the Sheerness depot, and the loss of B.R.S. vehicles there had created a serious gap in the industry of the island.
Supporting the application, several witnesses said they had always received good service from B.R.S.
The hearing was adjourned until next Tuesday.