Mr Mulley allows 'exceptional' grant
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• The Minister of Transport has agreed to allow an application by Mr R. E. Worth, of Worth's Motor Services Ltd, Enstone, Oxford, for a bus grant for a non-standard vehicle, following representations by two MPs.
Mr Worth made the application after his bus had been damaged beyond repair in an accident. He told the Ministry that there was a two-year delay on delivery of a replacement, but his request for a grant for a non-standard vehicle, obtainable in two or three months, was turned down.
The case was taken up by Conservative MPs, Mr Michael Heseltine, front bench spokesman on transport, and Mr Neil Marten (Banbury). Now Mr Bob Brown, MoT Parliamentary Secretary, has informed them that the Minister has changed his mind.
As a service for local schools run by Mr Worth may be in jeopardy because of the lack of a vehicle, a grant will be allowed exceptionally on the vehicle which he wants to buy, provided that it is delivered in a reasonable time. Mr Worth has now received a letter of authority from the Ministry.
London vehicle pool
• The committee of seveh people set up to discuss the establishment of a "pool" for luxury coach operators in the London area (CM last week) have unanimously agreed to go ahead with the scheme. To be known as the London Vehicle Pool, the target date for its commencement is May 1.