Too many inquiries, says FTA
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• Too many existing operators were being called to a public inquiry into their transitional operator's licence application, Mr G. Turvey, secretary of the Freight Transport Association, told the Association's South-Eastern area on Wednesday.
On one list, 22 companies had been listed for inquiry on the same day. No LA could give more than superficial consideration to each of these applications, he said, and one was bound to wonder whether such procedures were worth while.
The FTA had always understood that inquiries would be reserved solely for those cases where there were real doubts on applicant suitability. Unless such a system was followed there was a great danger that familiarity would breed contempt. A summons to appear before the LA should be something which operators should wish to avoid if at all possible. Apart from this, there was no reason why the very many soundly based firms should be involved in such time-consuming and costly exercises. Careful selection would permit very close scrutiny of the doubtful cases to the benefit of all concerned.