After the imBosition of fines of ae10 each, with five guineas costs, on two summonses in respect of drivers' hours, , brought against Howard Robinson, Ltd.,. at Brighton, last week, the defendant concern intimated its intention to appeal. The summonses were for permitting a driver to drive for a continuous period exceeding 11 hours on nine occasions, and for a period exceeding 5 hours on 14 occasions.
The driver said that he had not worked continuously for periods exceeding 5i hours, and that the times shown in the records were not necessarily accurate, as he had neither a watch nor a clock.
Mr. C. J. T. Pensotti, for the defendant, submitted that the prosecution had failed to make a case. All that had been done was to submit records which were admitted to be inaccurate.
Girling Brake Developments.
The Girling Consolidated air brake, introduced recently by G. D. Peters and Co., Ltd., Slough, in conjunction with New Hudson, Ltd., Birmingham, the maker of the Girling equipment,has been installed on one of Nottingham Corporation's trolleybuses. Besides' resulting in a weight reduction of lt cwt., this brake system, we are informed, has given great' Satisfaction on test, with a lower consumption of compressed air.
In this connection, it is appropriate to note that Ferodo, Ltd., Chapel-enle-Frith, has taken over the distribution of Girling brake parts, including faced shoes.
L.N.E.R. Objects to B Licence and Suggests A Licence!
A point of law of general interest arose at the Morpeth sitting . of the Northern Licensing Authority. Mr. R. Clark, of Bebside, applied for a renewal, without modification, of his B licence. It transpired that he had temporarily allowed that part of his business as a coal, coke and scrap-metal merchant to lapse.
Mr. Boothroyd, for the L.N.E. Railway Co. : "My submission is that there can be no 13 licence in this case." He quoted the 1933 Act in support of his contention that where a man employs his vehicles solely for hire or reward, he must have an A licence or nothiag at all.
Mr. Hunter, of Associated Road Operators, held that there was nothing' in the Act which said that because Mr. Clark had gone temporarily out of business, he should be deprived of his other business. He was holding a B licence, which was a combination of an A and a C licence. Immediately the Clicence part of the business was released, Mr. Clark fell back on general haulage and was entitled to carry for hire or reward on the conditions laid down by the Licensing Authority.
Sir John Maxwell, the Authority, said it was the first time that the point had been raised in his court, and he adjourned the case for consideration.