Switch only partly successful
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BECAUSE of difficulties in meeting contract guarantees, Robinson and Hannon Ltd. scrap metal merchants, supported an application by • John Menzies (Transport) Ltd., Dunston, Northumberland, to switch two vehicles from Contract A to A licence at Newcastle upon Tyne on Monday.
Mr. G. Robson, for the applicant, said the case was originally heard on October 7 but was adjourned by the Northern Licensing Authority, Mr. J. A. T. Hanlon, for supporting witnesses to be called.
The company had an existing A licence for one vehicle with a normal user for Acrap nonferrous metal, machinery parts, road and building materials for Robinson and Hannon Ltd., T. Arthur Lewis Ltd., Blaydon Metal Co. Ltd., machine tools and metals company, and Dunston Stone and Concrete Co., for six Northern counties and Southern England.
The new licence sought had a similar declaration but with the addition of "goods for Wellborn Freights Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne (a clearing house) as required". The aim was to enable the two contract vehicles to obtain return loads after carrying Robinson and Hannon's scrap outwards and make it possible to reduce the outward rate.
Supporting evidence was given by Mr. C. Robinson, of Robinson and Hannon, and Mr. J. McLeod, of T. Arthur Lewis Ltd., who told the court that Menzies carried valuable copper scrap and was not always able to provide a second vehicle when required.
Mr. D. H. Pattison, for Transport Holding Co., British Rail and seven independent objectors, submitted there was insufficient evidence to justify the trebling of the applicant's A licence fleet.
The LA said there was just sufficient evidence for the addition of one vehicle only to the existing A licence and to add goods for Wellborn Freight to it. The application for a new licence would be refused and one vehicle deleted from the Contract A licence.