57. Procedure in applying for and granting permits.
An application for a contract carriage permit or a private carrier' s permit may be made at any time.
An application for I stage carriage permit or a public carrier' s permit shall be made not less than six weeks before the date on which it is desired that the permit shall take effect, or, if the Regional Transport Authority appoints dates for the receipt of such applications, on such dates.
On receipt of an application for a stage carriage permit or a public carrier' s permit, the Regional Transport Authority shall make the application available for inspection at the office of the Authority and shall publish the application or the substance thereof in the prescribed manner together with a notice of the date before which
representations in connection therewith may be submitted and the date not being less than thirty days from such publication, on which, and the time and place at which, the application and any representations, received will be considered; 1[ Provided that, if the grant of any permit in accordance with the application or with modifications would have the effect of increasing the number of vehicles operating in the region, or in any area or on any route within the region, under the class of permits to which the application relates, beyond the limit fixed in that behalf under subsection (3) of section 47 or sub- section (2) of section 55, as the case may be, the Regional Transport Authority may summarily refuse the application without following the procedure laid down in this sub- section.]
No representation in connection with an application referred to in sub- section (3) shall be considered by the Regional Transport Authority unless it is made in writing before the appointed date and unless a copy thereof is furnished simultaneously to the applicant by the person making such representation.
When any representation such as is referred to in sub- section (3) is made, the Regional Transport Authority shall dispose of the application at a public hearing at which the applicant and the person making the representation shall have an opportunity of being heard either in person or by a duly authorised representative.
When any representation has been made by the persons or authorities referred to in section 50 to the effect that the number of contract carriages for which permits have already been granted in any region or any area within a region is sufficient for or in excess of the needs of the region or of such area, whether such representation is made in connection with a particular application for the grant of a contract carriage permit or otherwise, the Regional Transport Authority may take any such steps as it considers appropriate for the hearing of the representation in the presence of any persons likely to be affected thereby.
When a Regional Transport Authority refuses an application for a permit of any kind, it shall give to the applicant in writing its reasons for the refusal.
2[ An application to vary the conditions of any permit, other than a temporary permit, by the inclusion of a new route or routes
or a new area or, in the case of a stage carriage permit, by increasing the 1[ number of trips above the specified maximum, or by altering the route covered by it], or in the case of a contract carriage permit or a public carrier' s permit, by increasing the number of vehicles covered by the permit, shall be treated as an application for the grant of a new permit. Provided that it shall not be necessary so to treat an application made by the holder of a stage carriage permit who provides the only service on any route or in any area to increase the frequency of the service so provided, without any increase in the number of vehicles.
A Regional Transport Authority may, before such date as may be specified by it in this behalf, replace any stage carriage permit, contract carriage permit or public carrier' s permit granted by it before the said date by a fresh permit conforming to the provisions of section 48 or section 51 or section 56, as the case may be, and the fresh permit shall be valid for the same route or routes or the same area for which the replaced permit was valid: Provided that no condition other than a condition which was already attached to the replaced permit or which could have been attached thereto under the law in force when that permit was granted shall be attached to the fresh permit except with the consent in writing of the holder of the permit.
Notwithstanding anything contained in section 58, a permit issued under the provisions of sub- section (9)' shall be effective without renewal for the remainder of the period during which the replaced permit would have been so effective.]