Trailers were heavier than anticipated
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• In Darlington on Monday RAH Transporters Ltd. reiterated its undertaking not to expand the carriage of abnormal and indivisible loads to more than 20 per cent of its total business. It further undertook to submit to the Licensing Authority an up-to-date schedule of existing trailers and any further additions, whether or not they represented weight increases. The list is to be accessible to the objectors.
RAH was applying for two new 50ft trailers of 6 tons and 5 tons 12cwt with small trailers to be deleted from the licence. The licence variations were granted.
Objecting for Siddle C. Cook Ltd., Mr. G. Robson said the application was contrary to an undertaking given by RAH managing director, Mr. R. A. Hunter, in Newcastle last November (CM, November 10 1967) when he said he wished to standardize on 5-ton trailers for ease of interchangeability.
Mr. Hunter explained that the trailers were of a new design and after being built were found to be heavier than anticipated. He also had on order an extensible steel trailer with an Italian self-steering rear axle which would extend to 70ft and weigh about 5 ton lOcwt, but he assured the objectors that the trailer would only be used for self-supporting loads.