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Ex-B.R.S. Vehicles Should be Re-weighed: Examination Urged

26th February 1954, Page 132
26th February 1954
Page 132
Page 132, 26th February 1954 — Ex-B.R.S. Vehicles Should be Re-weighed: Examination Urged
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IN the Yorkshire Traffic Area, 72 special A licences had been issued up to March 13, and it was known that another 70 vehicles had been sold by British Road Services. This made a total of 142 vehicles sold out of 944 offered in Lists 1, 2 and 3.

These facts were given by Maj. F. S. Eastwood, York shir e Licensing Authority, at the annual dinner of the South Yorkshire Area of the Road Haulage Association at Sheffield. He said that the industry would have to face greater difficulties in the future and he encouraged hauliers outside the R.H.A. to join. He stressed the advice which he and

his staff had been giving to purchasers of units. " Check your unladen weight carefully, have all the vehicles you take over re-weighed and don't rely on the unladen weight shown in the Road Fund registration books," he said. " When you make application for the transfer of the special A licence, notify the change in the unladen weights.

"Experience has shown that weights on re-weighing show an increase on the average of 8 cwt. The minimum has been 2 cwt. and the maximum, so far. 19 cwt. If a purchaser does not check the unladen weight, he may find that when he wishes to replace the vehicle and maintain carrying capacity, he can do so only by going outside the unladen weights of the free licence and exposing himself to publication in Applications and Decisions, possible objection and public inquiry.

"There is also the danger of finding oneself the purchaser of a 20 m.p.h. vehicle when one imagined on the anladen weight shown in the registra a6 tion book that one had purchased a 30 m.p.h. vehicle," he said.

Mr. C. W. H. Sparrow, national vicechairman of the R.H.A., said that the national executive were concerned that only 1.200 vehicles out of 6,200 offered in Lists 1 and 2 had been sold. This indicated that there was something wrong.

"Personally. 1 think it is wrong that B.R.S. should have bought the vehicles at £70 per ton with goodwill and you are asked to pay at least that for rubbishy vehicles, some of them not fit to put on the road, without any goodwill," he declared.

I wish it were possible for Maj.

Eastwood and his colleagues to send round their inspectors to examine the vehicles as to roadworthiness before they are sold. Do not forget that with an A licence you are buying the right to unhindered trade, for five years, but there is no guarantee that you are going to get the work which will make the vehicle and licence worth the price you have to pay your predecessor."

Mr. Sparrow spoke of efforts to secure Parliamentary action on the matter and of meetings with the British Transport Commission and the Disposal Board. There had been no success so far. he said.

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