Four Interesting Appeals
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SEVERAL appeals have, during the past week, been decided by the 'Minister of Transport. He has dismissed, with costs, the appeal of A. F. Hancock, Ltd., against the decision of the Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners to allow the Abbey Lane Motor Transport Service to run excursions and tours from Sheffield to Bournemouth, the Isle of Wight, and the Highlands of Scotland. riuring the hearing, which was reported in the issue of The Commercial MobOY dated November 23, it was stated that the Hancock concern's traffic had declined from an average of 21.47 passengers per trip in 1932 to 1.9.5 passengers per trip in 1933. _ It was argued that, while the• company had empty seats, it alone should have the right to operate these trips, a submission which the objector regarded as flippant Mr. J. S. Oxley, who heard the appeal, concludes 'that a general description of a destination in extended-tours' of 'this sort is not sufficiently definite to indicate that there must necessarily be Competition with tours having a siritilar general description. " The appeal of W. Alexander and Sons, Ltd., against the Northern Scotland Commissioners' action in transferring a licence for a ICingseat-Aberdeen service from Messrs. G. R. Burnett to Messrs: G. and R. Smollett, has also been dismissed. The company is to pay costs. Messrs. Smollett took the point that the appeal did not comply with Regulation 14 (3) of the Public Service Vehicles (Licences and Certificates) Regulations, 1933, in that the appellant company did not state whether it desired the Minister to revoke the licence, or what conditions, if any, it wished the Minister to impose. The Minister considers that, even if it could be held that. there had not been literal cornpliantewith the regulations,. it was quite clear from the wording of the appeal that W. Alexander and Sons, sioners, has peen retusea. Ine Com missioners have invited the company to submit another application if evidence of public need for the facilities can be secured. No Order is made as to costs. The only successful appeal, this week, is that of the Yorkshire (Woollen District) Electric Tramways, Ltd., against the extension and diversion of a service by Leeds Corporation. At the appeal inquiry, an agreement was reached between the parties, subject to the Minister's approval, and he has decided to make an Order to give effect to that arrangement. corresponding period in 1933, 27,712,000 vehicle-miles were run, 76,021,000 passengers were carried, and £994,473 receipts obtained. During the first 11 months of 1934, cross-border buses ran 1,502,000 vehicle-miles and carried 1,783,000 passengers, yielding £58,395 in gross receipts. These figures represent decreases of 639,000, 207,000 and £30,720, respectively, on the results for the corresponding period of 1933. Duringthe 11 months JanuaryNovember, 1934, the total gross receipts from coach services were £22,737.