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Publicity to Avo id Inconvenience

25th January 1957
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

DUBLICITY should be given to Licensing Authorities' requirements on evidence in applications for new licences. Although they were made known to applicants by letter, they were often ignored, and objectors were put to unnecessary expense and inconvenience in attending inquiries.

This was stated by Mr. Granville Dixon, for the British Transport Commission, when BIaco Transport Co., Great Harwood, sought a new A licence for a vehicle of 5 tons unladen before the North Western Deputy Licensing Authority at Manchester last week. .The B.T.C., Barnes and Tipping, Ltd., Clitheroe, and Bulcock Bros., Ltd., Whalley, near Blackburn, objected to thz application.

Mr. E. Cowie, for the applicants, said that his clients would work for a big clearing house if the application were granted. The firm were not yet in business and had no customers, and, therefore, no witnesses. People were able to enter haulage by means of special A licences, he submitted, if they had the money to spend on purchasing ex-British Road Services vehicles. Those less fortunate should also get an opportunity.

Mr. J. A. Dunkerley, for the private objectors, said that an adjournment to allow the applicants to obtain witnesses was pointless because clearing-house witnesses were not normally accepted as giving customer evidence.

The application was refused. the Authority said that applicants received a letter explaining the necessity of oral evidence and customer witnesses so. that objectors could assess requirements and the Licensing Authority be given the chance to gauge transport needs.

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