B.R.S. Applications for Negotiati ▪ on ?
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THERE are hopes that British Road
Services will soon agree to submit applications for licences for consideration by the road-rail negotiating committees. This is one of the objects of suggested amendments to the road-rail negotiating procedure which were considered on Wednesday by the licensing committee of the Road Haulage Association. Apparently the present procedure is regarded as precluding B.R.S. from submitting applications.
Another item on a 15-point agenda was the question of vexatious and frivolous applications and objections. The matter was raised on representations by the National Association of Furniture Warehousemen and Removers, who are understood to wish to agree with the R.H.A. proposals to end the abuse of the licensing system.
A third suggestion considered by the committee was that statistics of special A licence refusals should be prepared.
SWITCH FROM C-HIRE TO A LICENCE
AN application by J. Delaney (Bolton), Ltd., to add six vehicles totalling 341 tons and two trailers
tons) to their existing A licence was granted by the North Western Deputy Licensing Authority at Manchester on Tuesday.
Mr. J. R. Dunkerley, for the applicants, said that they were an oldestablished company 'who were acquired by the British Transport Commission. In 1955, they restarted with three vehicles on A licences.
The present application was by request of C. Turner and Co., Ltd.„. paper manufacturers, Belmont, near Bolton. The vehicles concerned were on C-hire to Turner's from Springside Hire Services, Ltd., a company controlled by Delaney's. Because of rising maintenance and fuel costs, the question of increasing the hiring charges had been discussed, but these Turners were not prepared to meet.
Turner's factory was at the bottom of a steep hill and special vehicles had been provided with an extra-low gear and double-drive. Three-quarters of the traffic was outward and if the application were granted, the carriage of return loads would enable costs to be kept down, it was submitted. There was no intention of doing any other work.
Mr. J. Granville Dixon, for the British Transport Commission, said Turner's had given an undertaking not to put any more vehicles on C-hire or contract-A licence. Figures produced were good and, having regard to the Allison decision, the B.T.C. could not resist the application further.
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