63Objections to grant of operators' licences
(1)Subject to subsection (2) of this section, the licensing authority shall publish in the prescribed manner notice of any application to the authority for an operator's licence.
(2)The licensing authority for any area shall not be obliged to publish notice of any application made by a person who is the holder of an operator's licence granted by the licensing authority for any other area if satisfied that the grant of the application will not result in any increase in the number of authorised vehicles under operators' licences held by the applicant which is substantial having regard to the existing number of such vehicles.
(3)Any of the following persons, that is to say—
(a)a prescribed trade union or association, being a trade union or association whose members consist of or include—
(i)persons holding operators' licences or carriers' licences; or
(ii)employees of any such persons ;
(b)a chief officer of police ;
(c)a local authority,
may object to the grant of any application of which notice has been published under subsection (1) of this section on the ground that any of the requirements mentioned in section 64(2) of this Act are not satisfied in the case of the application.
(4)Any objection under this section shall be made within the prescribed time and in the prescribed manner (which shall be stated in the notice published under subsection (1) of this section) and shall contain particulars of the ground on which it is made.
(5)The onus of proof of the existence of the ground on which an objection is made shall lie on the objector.
(6)In this section—
" local authority " means—(a)
as respects England and Wales, the council of a county, county borough, county district or London borough, the Greater London Council and the Common Council of the City of London ;(b)
as respects Scotland, a county council and a town council;
" trade union " has the same meaning as in the Trade Union Act 1913.