Should Not Bear . Concession Burden C ONCESSION fares for blind and
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disabled persons should not be a burden on a transport undertaking, The East Midland Licensing Authority made this point last week when Nottingham Transport Department sought approval for suggested changes in operation to cut costs by £30,000 a year.
The Authority told Mr. Ben England, general.manager of the department, that the £4,000 burden of concession rates could not be considered trivial in the light of the efforts to save money. "Your department should be relieved of it," the Authority said. "I have mentioned it before, but I am sorry no action has been taken?'
Proposals were made to re-site the terminal points of three services, thus shortening routes and saving £859 a year. These would, it was stated, cause inconvenience to the public and the applications were made with reluctance. Justification lay in the low loadings between the present and proposed • termini.
Representatives of the objectors, a residents" 4ssociation 'and . the local Labour Party, strongly opposed the curtailments and suggested that economies could better be made by reducing the frequency of afternoon services. It was felt that the suggested measures were preliminary to raising fares.
The Authority said that the scheme looked like a process of attrition, but it had been worked out in. response to official calls to operatOrs to make economies and would therefore need consideration. • Decision was deferred. .
BONDS 'TRANSPORT WOUND UP ,
nN the petition of United Motor Finance Corporation, Ltd., Berkeley Street, London, W.1, Mr. Justice Roxburgh, in the Chancery Division, on Monday, made an order for the compulsory winding-up of Bonds Transport, Ltd.