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Motorways Cause Tipper Shortage

19th December 1958
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

FNUE to the heavy haulage demands of

motorway construction schemes and opencast mining, Derbyshire quarry owners have been unable to obtain sufficient transport for their needs.

The North Western Deputy Licensing Authority, Mr. J. R. Lindsay, was told this at Manchester, last week, by Mr. J. Backhouse, representing H. Look and Son, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. They were seeking an additional A-licence vehicle to carry Derbyshire limestone throughout a large area in the north. The application was opposed by the British Transport Commission.

Mr. Backhouse explained that in 1938 a 3-ton tipper—one of two vehicles owned by Look's—was laid up when its driver had to do Army service. Since. then the concern had operated only one vehicle, which was employed extensively on limestone haulage. Demands had recently increased, so they now wished to renew the A licence on their old vehicle.

Two witnesses from Derbyshire quarries verified that there was a shortage of transport.

For British Railways, Mr. G. H. P. Beannes asked why the lorry had not been re-licensed during the rehabilitation period after the war. He claimed that to grant an A licence for such a large area could indirectly affect traffic that would otherwise be handled by the railways.

Mr. Lindsay agreed that there was a shortage of tippers suitable for limestone haulage, and granted the application.

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