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Fares appeals dismissed

12th June 1970, Page 26
12th June 1970
Page 26
Page 26, 12th June 1970 — Fares appeals dismissed
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• Two appeals against fare increases have been dismissed by the Minister of Transport. The first was lodged by various local authorities against a decision of the Northern Traffic Commissioners.

The appellants claimed that, although some increases were justified, those granted were too big and would result in a larger profit margin for United Automobile Services Ltd. The local authorities further claimed that United was going against the Government's declared policy by purposely designing the proposed fare structure so that on conversion to decimal currency it would avoid the need to use the new 1-p.

The Minister, in a written decision, says that the company should not suffer a further reduction in profit; he said there was a tendency in the bus industry to introduce larger steps in fare scales and the new fare scale proposed by the company was not related in any way to conversion to decimal currency.

The second appeal was by Inverness Town Council against a fare increase granted by the Scottish Traffic Commission ers to Highland Omnibuses Ltd on February 23.


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