Part-grant for long steel traffic
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AN.1 application by Thirlrock Ltd., of Southall. Middlesex for six A licences to carry steel and precast concrete in 40 ft. lengths and over was granted in part by Mr. C. J. Macdonald, the Metropolitan deputy Licensing Authority, on Tuesday. The applicants offered to surrender a Contract A licence for two vehicles.
Mr. J. Amphlett, for the applicants, produced in evidence three photographs to illustrate how long steel beams should be carried and how they should not be carried. He asked Mr. C. J. Elliott, transport manager of Thirlrock, if an ample supply of 40 ft. trailers was available in the London and Home Counties area. Mr. Elliot said he had always experienced great difficulty in obtaining these vehicles. He agreed that in addition to operation as a haulier on a Contract A licence on behalf of Square Grip Ltd., he was also serving in the capacity of a clearing house.
The premises occupied by Thirlrock had
previously been occupied by a clearing house operator. The telephones had been continued in the name of Thirlrock and as a result many of the previous tenants' customers had continued to contact the applicants for clearing house services.
In his submission to the deputy LA, Mr. Amphlett said: "You may be surprised to note that the objectors today do not include those in your area who operate this type of vehicle. However. I would point out that one such operator, Everley Bros. Ltd., of Hayes, Middlesex, is making a similar application which is published in A's and D's No. 1231. This is an indication that there is in fact a shortage in this area."
Mr. Macdonald agreed that there appeared to be a need to increase the availability of vehicles of this category. But he was not satisfied that there was a case for six to be granted. He granted four licences with conditions as applied for, subject to the Contract A licence being surrendered.