£600 under bed not safe, says LA
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• An applicant, who was applying for an O licence to cover one vehicle, could produce no evidence of financial standing at a public inquiry in Birmingham last week, because his financial resources, over £600 in cash, were hidden under his bed.
Mr P. Sing. a skilled mechanic, of Wolverhampton, told the West Midland LA, Mr J. Else, that he intended to purchase a large second-hand tipping vehicle which would be used mainly on motorway work.
Employment for the vehicle would be found by a large West Midland haulage company which would employ Mr Sing as a sub-contractor.
Representing Mr Sing, Mr D. C. Skelding said that besides repairs and inspections carried out by Mr Sing himself, the vehicle would also be given a one-monthly maintenance inspection by Wolverhampton Motor Services, the company with which Mr Sing had been employed for the past seven years.
Records of maintenance and repairs would be kept by both the garage and Mr Sing.
Mr Else said that he was particularly impressed by Mr Sing's arrangements, but he warned Mr Sing that he would be wiser to keep his earnings in the bank and to ensure that any company he commenced to work for as a sub-contractor paid reasonable rates.