§ 38. Sir COOPER RAWSON
asked the Minister of Transport whether he or the south-eastern area Traffic Commissioners will receive representations from independent ratepayers who are opposed to the proposed additional omnibus route from Hove Street, Hove, to Brighton Station, which traverses already congested sections of roadway?
§ Mr. HERBERT MORRISON
The licensing of road passenger services is a matter for the Traffic Commissioners concerned who in exercising their discretion are required to have regard to various matters including any representations which may be made to them by any local authority in whose area the proposed route, or any part of it, lies. Any question as to the acceptance by them of representations from independent ratepayers is for the Commissioners to decide. My jurisdiction in these matters only arises in the event of an appeal being lodged under the provisions of Section 81 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, and I would point out that an appeal against the grant of a road service licence is restricted to a local authority which, or a person providing transport facilities who, has opposed the grant of that licence.