Buildings Not Wanted
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ONE of the reasons why transport units with I./premises are difficult to sell is that many buyers are existing operators who require merely vehicles with special A licences to add to their fleets. Unless they propose to engage on a large scale in regular long-distance haulage and need terminal facilities at the outward end of a trunk route, they are not interested in buying buildings.
Probably many of the garages which British Road Services have left on their hands would make good warehouses or could be converted into shops or used by motor traders. As such they might command good prices and the news that the British Transport Commission are to offer them for sale separately if they are not required by hauliers is welcome. Anything that reduces the incidence of the levy is greatly to be encouraged.
Apart from the lack of interest in units with premises, the response to List 3 has been excellent. Experience with the earlier lists has proved the uselessness of derisory bids and there has been a general rise in offers. Some of them, however, have, in the opinion of knowledgeable observers, been excessive, although the tenderers must be assumed to have been satisfied.
As much as £240 a ton of unladen weight has been paid for A licences, although £100 a ton is widely regarded as a fair figure. It is to be hoped that the Commission and the Road Haulage Disposal Board will not be encouraged by such bids to expect them from everyone.