Weigh tickets refused
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• Fifty-one charges against the National Coal Board for aiding and abetting overloading were dismissed at Consett magistrates' court last week when it was submitted by the Board that it was not compelled by law to produce any documents which would tend to expose it to a criminal charge.
Nine hauliers had been charged with overloading their vehicles with coal from the Stanley Hill open cast site but when the Board refused to supply the court with weigh tickets, which the prosecution said would have proved the charges, all the charges were dismissed. Mr J. Johnson, for the Board had refused a formal request to hand over the weigh tickets and the magistrate decided that the refusal was in order.