20-vehicle App! ication Opposed
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FIVE independent hauliers and British Railways combined to oppose an application by Cawood, Wharton and Co., Ltd., coal merchants, to Maj. F. S. Elastwood, Yorkshire Licensing Authority, on Monday. The Doncaster branch of the company asked for a substantive B licence for 20 eight-wheeled tippers for the transport of coal for the National Coal Board to stocking grounds within 50 miles.
For the concern, Mr. A. Goff said that the vehicles were originally under C licence, and carried coal purchased by the company from Highgate and Goldthorpe colliery to power stations and other industrial consumers.
Early in 1959, the N.C.B. requested that they be used to take coal to stocking grounds, and a short-term B licence was granted for this purpose in June.
Mr. A. G. Brumming, branch general manager, said that the vehicles would be 'on the spot" for emergencies. He told Mr. J. Beaumont, for B.R., that the company were not prepared to limit the application to stocking grounds without -ail connections, or continue the short:erm licence.
Mr. Goff submitted that the railways' )bjection suggested that they did not trust he N.C.B. The railways were already :arrying all the coal to rail-connected .tocking grounds in south Yorkshire.
There`was no guarantee that this would iontinue, Mr. Beaumont responded. He alleged that the N.C.B. were too coy to appear in court, and a letter from them was only in general terms. Stocking was only a short-term need which must diminish as collieries were closed.
For the independent objectors, Mr. D. Tarnhan submitted that many small hauliers had licensed vehicles available for the work. The only evidence that the applicants had provided was that they had operated over a five-mile radius under short-term licence.
Mr. Goff replied that his clients had carried 63,000 tons of coal to stocking grounds between June and November last year.
A grant was made for non-railconnected grounds within 10 miles.