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Licence 'blunder' over Wallace Arnold Tours

28th June 1974, Page 21
28th June 1974
Page 21
Page 21, 28th June 1974 — Licence 'blunder' over Wallace Arnold Tours
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WALLACE Arnold Tours Ltd was told by the Scottish Traffic Commissioners in Edinburgh last week that it had "blundered" in offering, in one of its holiday brochures, excursions to the public in Scotland, although the company had not obtained a licence to run them.

The Leeds-based company had applied to the Commissioners for a licence to run excursions from Edinburgh to Bournemouth. The application was objected to by Scottish Omnibuses Ltd, Edinburgh, which also runs excursions to Bournemouth resort from the city.

Mr J. B. Loudon, representing Scottish Omnibuses, asked Mr Geoffrey Steel, Wallace Arnold's operations director, if it was not true that his firm had offered to the public in Scotland excursions to certain English holiday resorts despite the fact that the company had not yet received a licence authorizing it to do so. Mr Steel admitted this. He explained: "The brochure was published last September and we hoped to get licences to run these excursions in time."

The hearing was continued to a date to be fixed.

An official of Wallace Arnold said later that his firm would continue to make arrangements for Edinburgh people booked on tours to Bournemouth to be collected at other operating centres, such as Glasgow and Cowdenbeath, Fife.

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