'Not the hauliers who are on trial' says advocate
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'CULL co-operation in negotiating rates I' with the Road Haulage Association was assured this week by Mr. John Lough, managing director of John Wainwright Ltd., quarry owners of Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Mr. Lough made his statement at a hearing in Bristol on Wednesday when the Western Licensing Authority, Mr. J. R. C. Samuel-Gibbon, ordered partners P. N. Massey and L. Banfield (who haul from Stoke St. Michael, near Shepton Mallet, for John Wainwright) to appear before him under Section 178 of the Road Traffic Act.
At a previous hearing concerning the firm, the LA had questioned Mr. Massey about alleged overloading and operating at rates which appeared to have been uneconomic. Mr. Massey admitted at the earlier hearing that his lorries were overloaded in order to make some hauls pay.
The case this week was adjourned until October to enable certain accountancy figures to be produced. Questioned by Mr. Ian Jenkins, appearing for Mr. Massey and Mr. Banfield, Mr. Lough said his company NEW BATTERY-ELECTRIC
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Mr. Jenkins challenged the accusation that the rates received by his clients were insufficient to meet the running costs or put other hauliers at an unfair disadvantage.
Further questioning Mr. Lough, Mr. Jenkins added: "It is not so much Massey and Banfield who are on trial today, but John Wainwright and Co."
The LA interjected: "I do not see it quite that way", and later added that he did not take a wholly black view of Messrs. Massey and Banfield, but that did not mean he did not have a duty to perform.