TSSA unhappy about policy
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• The Transport Salaried Staff Association is very unhappy with the new Minister of Transport's stated attitude to subsidies for public transport and his actions on goods vehicle licensing.
Mr Percy Coldrick, TSSA general secretary, who hopes shortly to meet the Minister to discuss transport policy, has expressed regret at the decision to repeal the quantity licensing provisions which "were designed to even up the overall basis of competition between road and rail". But he adds that this aspect of the 1968 Act would not have been so readily repealed if the Labour Government had shown more enthusiasm for implementing and enforcing this measure.
The Association's president, Mr Torn Bradley, is meanwhile pressing the Minister to state whether he has any alternative proposals to replace quantity licensing. He wonders whether this Conservative move is just the start of the dismemberment of the whole philosophy enshrined in the Transport Act and a reversal of the idea of integrated public transport.