Objected application adjourned
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• The hearing of an express licence application by Wright Bros Coaches Ltd., of Newcastle, was adjourned by the chairman of the Northern Traffic Commissioners, Mr J. A. T. Hanlon, in Newcastle last week, in order that both the applicant company and the objectors, Terrier Coaches Ltd, of Choppington, Northumberland, should have time to produce details of service commitments.
Wright Bros Coaches were seeking authority to operate a service catering for domestic staff between New Biggan Hall and the Northumberland College of Education, Ponteland.
Giving evidence, Mr H. Appleby, managing director of Terrier Coaches, told the Commissioners that for several years his company had run a service which Wright Bros Coaches were seeking to take over. This situation had been brought about in July last year when, because of increased overheads and wage awards, Terrier Coaches had been compelled to inform the education authorities that the service price was to be raised. The reply was that in the circumstances new tenders to run the service were to be accepted.
In the course of the inquiry the court heard that in the past there had been many complaints about the service operated by Terrier Coaches.
Mr J. Croft, representing Wright Bros Coaches, told the Commissioners that the firm's tender to run the service had been accepted by the education authorities. The price of the service was the original price charged by Terrier Coaches.
At this point the hearing was adjourned and will be relisted for some future date.