Pye Storage Transport Sold in 1939: Now a Newcomer A N
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appeal by Pyc Storage, Ltd., against the Western Deputy Licensing Authority's refusal to grant as A licence for five vehicles, including two vehicles to be acquired, to operate within a I5-mile radius of Bristol, has been dismissed by the Appeal Tribunal.
The application was made in conjunction with two associated companies, Pye Transport, Ltd., and H. Pye and Son, Ltd.; all three are subsidiaries of Britannic Holdings, Ltd. The applications of Pye Transport, Ltd., and H. Pye and Son, Ltd., were granted, but that of Pye Storage, Ltd., was refused on the ground that the -company was a newcomer and that the evidence did not justify a grant on that basis.
At the outbreak of war, Pye Storage, Ltd. (then known as Road Deliveries, Ltd.), held an A licence for 40 vehicles and three trailers operated from Cheltenham, and four vehicles worked from a base at Bristol.
Applications were made in March, 1939, by Pye Transport, Ltd., for A licences to take over the vehicles of the other two companies and for the renewal of its own A licences. These applications had not been heard when war broke out, and in October, 1939, defence permits were issued.
In March, 1947, Pye Transport, Ltd., informed various customers that it intended_ as from March 24, to abandon the haulage services (mainly long-distance) which had been operated for them. The vehicles were then concentrated on short-distance work.
In giving its decision, the Tribunal finds that the evidence did not meet the requirements of the Enston decision in respect of applications by newcomers.
The Tribunal is satisfied that the business formerly carried on by Pyc Storage, Ltd., was acquired by Pye
Transport. Ltd., in 1939, and that the Storage company divested itself of all interest in the business at that time. Therefore, the appellant was not entitled to ask for a licence on the ground that it had previously held one.
Moreover, the Tribunal is satisfied that Pye Storage, Ltd., derived no title to a licence from Pye Transport, Ltd.
The appeal has been dismissed with £14 14s. costs to the Railway Executive and f14 14s. costs to the six road haulage objectors.
During the hearing of the appeal it was stated that Pye Transport, Ltd., did not propose to exercise the right under section 42 (1) (a) of the Transeport Act to require the British Transport Commission to serve a notice of acquisition. The company thought that it was not liable to be nationalized.
THE " STEAMER " ON RECORD
THE history of the steam lorry, which "occupies a limb of its own on the family tree of transport," is Well worthy of an interesting and comprehensive permanent record.
This has been provided by Mr. R. W. Kidner—a keen student of mechanical transport—in "The Steam Lorry, 18961939," published as locomotion paper No. 3 by the Oakwood Press, Tanglewood, South Godstone, at 2s. 6d.
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