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OUTER HEBRIDES plant hire contractor Norman McCormick's bid to change his licence from a restricted to a standard national (CM. January 12) has succeeded despite strong opposition from the Road Haulage Association.
Mr McCormick also sought authority for three additional vehicles and one trailer based on South Uist. The RHA objected on the grounds that Mr McCormick was not a fit person to hold a licence.
In a reserved decision, Scottish Deputy Licensing Authority Alex Brand said the RHA had failed to prove to his satisfaction that Mr McCormick had been carrying for hire or reward with his restricted licence.
To decide whether or not the operator was unfit to hold a licence on such grounds required considerable firm evidence which was lacking in this case.
Mr Brand said that though there might be some doubt about whether James Watt, the nominated transport manager had been in full-time employment during the three months or so since Mr McCormick had been granted an interim licence, there was no reason for him not to accept the assurance that he would be in the future.