Commisioners criticize applicant
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isfor wasting time and money AN APPLICATION by Worths Motor Services Ltd of Enstone, Oxon, to vary the conditions of its road service licence authorizing a service of stage carriages between Enstone and Oxford has, for the most part, been refused according to a written decision from the East Midland Traffic Commissioners following public sittings at Aylesbury in April and June.
In addition the Commissioners have stated that they felt compelled to say that much time and money has been wasted.
The application had been objected to by Oxford Motor Services Ltd and Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Co Ltd.
The Commissioners accepted the view of the Planning Officer of Oxfordshire County Council that the granting of "piecemeal" applications to vary services and add new ones could only make his duty of providing a co-ordubated system of public transport more difficult to carry out.
The Council therefore supported a revised package of services for the entire area intended to be operated by City of Oxford Motor Services and Worths. The main features of the package included increased and regular services to virtually all villages in the area; more. direct and frequent journeys to Oxford from many villages and towns; coordination of buses and trains at Charlbury station; significant economies made by reducing vehicle commitment of both operators in the area and the joint operation of services to enable passenger restrictions to be lifted and season tickets to be issued on all routes.
Although nine parts of the application were refused and three parts granted. The applications were for time variations and additional journeys.
The Commissioners stated that there was a restrictive condition on the licence so that on one route no passenger could be carried for a journey entirely within one section. It had been brought to the notice of the Commissioners during the sittings that this restriction had not been observed on a number of occasions. Worths were warned that if breaches of this condition were brought to the notice of the Commissioners, they would have no hesitation in exercising there powers under Section 136 of the Road Traffic Act 1960 to revoke or suspend the applicant's road service licence.