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24th April 1982, Page 8
24th April 1982
Page 8
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THE closure this month of traf examiners' offices in Inverne and Dundee could have seriĀ° repercussions for the transpc industry in the north of Sci land, a civil Service trade unil official has warned.

Ralph Beaumont, secretary the traffic examiners branch the Society of Civil and Pub Servants, said that recalcitra operators and drivers will nc be able to have a field dE thanks to the "gross inel diency" of departmental ma agement.

"The reputable carriers in be goods and passenger transpc industries will have to look their laurels or find themselv undercut and driven out of bu ness by the unscrupulous," I warned.

Mr Beaumont's union h been fighting the closure of ti Department of Transport examiner offices in Inverne and Dundee, and has expresso its concern about the cons quences on road safety and ti environment.

Inverness-shire Liberal rv Russell Johnston took up tl case against closure and wro to Transport Secretary Day Howell.

Mr Beaumont said that a stat ment made to Mr Johnston, th the recruitment of 12 trafl examiners would bring the se vice back up to full strength, d not point out that it was 35 b low the staffing level whir existed before the present Go ernment took office.