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Mr. Robertson Attacks Long Hours " T HE time has now arrived when we

2nd May 1947, Page 46
2nd May 1947
Page 46
Page 46, 2nd May 1947 — Mr. Robertson Attacks Long Hours " T HE time has now arrived when we
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cannot tolerate drivers working long hours, and this is happening in some areas. During the war we turned a blind eye to that, but we cannot go on doing it." This warning was given by Mr. A. Robertson, Scottish Deputy Licensing Authority, at a hearing in Perth on April 23.

His remarks arose from a case in which Messrs, Thomas Todd and Sons, Coupar Angus, applied for an A licence for nine vehicles. Eight vehicles were in possession by the firm and the ninth vehicle was needed to afford the drivers more time for their work and to enable vehicles to be repaired. The application was granted.

The following day Mr. Robertson sat in Dundee and heard accounts of Fife farmers' potato-transport troubles,

Mr. Thelma, W. Murray, a B.A.O.R. corporal, gave evidence in support of plans to set up in business as a haulier at Ladybank. He sought an A licence for one vehicle and said that several

traders had promised to give him work.

Mr. David Veitch, Crail, said that he would give Mr. Murray work in carrying cattle from Lanark and potatoes to Dundee and elsewhere. He had had livestock "lost" on the railway from Lanark. He had also had 40 tons of potatoes on his farm for many days, and could not get transport to take them away.

The application was withdrawn for resubmission in an amended form.

"People who are objecting to us to-day are reaching for the telephone with the other hand Ind trying to hire us," declared Mr. John Carrie, when giving evidence in support of an application by Carrie and Sons, Ltd., Dundee, for a B licence for six tippers.

Mr. Carrie said that there had been a big increase in his business, as demobilization had made it possible for his partners to give it the attention that it required.

The Authority granted a licence for three vehicles.

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