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Three Big Yorkshire Demonstrations

22nd December 1950
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,1ASS demonstrations against the IVA revocation of permits were held in Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster last Saturday and were witnessed by crowds of Christmas shoppers.

The processions were organized by the Road Haulage Association, which has a membership of 800 in the area, representing a vehicle strength of 4,200. In South Yorkshire 60 per cent, of permits have been revoked and in a further 30 per cent. of cases substitutions have been offered.

In Sheffield, three groups of 50 vehicles each, bearing specially printed posters, formed up at different points outside the city before proceeding through the streets and dispersing on the far side.

About 100 operators were represented at Sheffield, 60 at Doncaster and 50 at Barnsley.

At a Press conference, held in connection with the event, R.H.A. officials urged that the Government should examine more closely the possible effect of revocations, consulting trade and industry before allowing competitors with the State transport system to be restricted to a 25-mile radius.

Many members of the South Yorkshire public were not unaware of the implications of the situation, for because of a shortage of railway wagons, local hauliers, who had been granted a special dispensation to carry coal until December 23, were working in snow and ice to improve the position at the collieries. As a result, it was stated, 1,200 tons of coal were delivered to Neepsend power station by road last Friday, practically all by independent operators. Many important organizations in the steel industry, fearing the effects of nationalization, have already greatly increased their own fleets.


LIME-HAULAGE rates are to be discussed with the Ministry of Agriculture by a deputation from the British Agricultural Contractors' Association, the Road Haulage Association, the National Association of Corn and Agricultural Merchants and the Lime Prod ucers' Council.

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