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LA takes a chance

19th June 1970, Page 31
19th June 1970
Page 31
Page 31, 19th June 1970 — LA takes a chance
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• "I am taking a chance on this application. There was enough evidence to give me a case for refusing this application altogether," said Mr D. I. R. Muir, Metropolitan LA, after hearing new 0 licence and A and B licence renewal applications by two associated businesses in Kingston, Surrey, on Tuesday.

Although both companies—Mrs G. L. Barwell and Kingston Building Supplies — operated a total of 14 vehicles from the same premises, it was disclosed in evidence that only four vehicles were in a fit and serviceable condition. Mrs Barwell was granted an 0 licence for four vehicles and one trailer and Kingston Building Supplies, of which Mrs Barwell is a senior partner, an O licence for five vehicles. The grant was restricted to one year, "the whole position to be re-assessed on renewal".

Mr R. W. Bicknall, a vehicle examiner, said that seven vehicles had undergone 14 inspections in the past year, both at roadside spot-checks and at fleet examinations. Six immediate and four delayed prohibitions had been issued.

Mrs Barwell blamed the firms' troubles on a fitter who was dismissed in August. She said that .E7000 had been spent on vehicle spares last year alone and it was now obvious that all the spares had not been put to proper use. A new maintenance scheme had now been agreed, said Mrs Barwell, whereby the maintenance would be carried out by E. Hurlock and Son, of Hampton.

Mr T. W. Bates, proprietor of Hurlock, answering questions from Mr Ralph Cropper, representing the applicants, said that recent discussions had taken place whereby Mr Bates would take over as operational manager for the applicants' vehicles. He thought Mrs Barwell had been "taken for a ride" in the past.

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