Magistrate Criticises Operators' Conduct
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AT Bakewell Court, last Friday, Mr. G. Nicholson, chairman of the magistrates, said that J. R. Ray (Transport), Ltd., Park Garage, Spring Gardens, Buxton, had not been as straightforward as they might have been. The company were charged with a breach of the conditions of a B licence, in that they had carried coal.
Police evidence was that when the vehicle was stopped the driver said that • he was carrying coal from Creswell to Crumpsall Isolation Hospital, Manchester. The load was, however, taken to . Ray's garage at Buxton and remained there for a. long time, eventually being taken to Crurnpsall.
The company secretary had said that • the coal was for their own use, but it was found that they were not entitled to purchase such a quantity. The police declared that the company had tried to hoodwink them and the Ministry of Fuel and Power.
The defence was that any blame must rest on the driver, who no longer worked for I. R. Ray. He normally drove an A-licence vehicle and there had been a misunderstanding about the use of a B-licence vehicle for the work in question. When Mr. Ray discovered what had happened, he hoped to buy the load for his own purposes. The offence had not been deliberate.
The company were fined .£5, with £2 costs.
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