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Forces' Week-end Travel Not Special

28th March 1952, Page 31
28th March 1952
Page 31
Page 31, 28th March 1952 — Forces' Week-end Travel Not Special
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AN unsuccessful plea that the hire of a coach for Servicemen's week-end travel was for a "special occasion" was put to 13edale magistrates recently by Mr. T. H. Campbell-Wardlaw, defending seven north-eastern coach owners who appeared on 25 summonses for using vehicles on such facilities, when it was alleged road service licences should have been obtained.

The owners were Messrs. Sunter Bros., Messrs. • Gillett Bros., Messrs. C. W. Dobson, Messrs. G. Abbot, Messrs. Voy, Messrs. A. W. Kirk and Messrs. G. Hibbert. The case against Sunter was contested firSt, and when the firm was found guilty the other defendants pleaded likewise. Fines totalling £56 and costs amounting to £18 6s. were imposed.

Mr. E. Wurzel, for the Northern Licensing Authority, said that if the coach journeys were not "special," a road service licence was required. He submitted that. week-end leave travel was not a special case. Messrs. Sunter Bros., it is stated are considering the question of appeal.

A similar summons was made against Messrs. G. Matthews, Shouldhain, Norfolk, at Downharn Market Magistrates Court recently. The proSecution was concerned with week-end travel from Marham R.A.F. Station. A fine of £20 was imposed with £2 12s. costs.

During the hearing, Mr. A. H. Wild, for the defence, asked Mr. A. C. Butler, an officer of the Eastern Licensing Authority, whether it were true that the Authority was eliminating all airfield express services in his area, and whether the majority of applications from operators who would have competed with the King's Lynn-London railway line had failed. The. officer agreed.

Clarke's Luxury •Coaches, -• Ltd., London, E.16, was fined V t with £2 12s. costs on similar charges.


CctuNsEL for three appellants in a case before the Transport (Appeal) Tribunal in London, on Monday, described the respondent's evidence -at the hearing at which the disputed licence was granted, as a "somewhat fantastic story." The appeal had been lodged by the .Railway Executive, Larnbourn Racehorse Transport Service, Ltd., and Major W. B. Borwick, Ltd., against a decision of the Western Licensing Authority granting Hinton Parva Racing Stables, Ltd., a B licence to carry horses in training to and from race meetings.

The respondent had stated before the Licensing Authority, that by using hired transport, the 'risk of doping and infection was increased. The suggestion was made that stable information leaked out when hired vehicki were used. The applicant had admitted that the Lambourn boxes were properly disinfected and that no doping had taken place in them.•

The hearing was adjourned until next Monday: