Last chance saloon for recycling operator

Chris Tindall
September 8, 2023

A Carmarthen operator has been given one last chance to demonstrate it can run a compliant business after the traffic commissioner (TC) found it had failed to comply with undertakings at a previous public inquiry (PI).

TC for Wales Victoria Davies said Carmarthenshire Recycling & Environmental Services – trading as CRES – had failed to keep vehicles and trailers fit and serviceable and had also failed to keep proper safety inspection records.

CRES had appeared at a PI in 2020, following which its licence was temporarily curtailed after an unsatisfactory maintenance investigation, but the TC said some of the same failings in the 2020 investigation were present again during a second DVSA investigation in 2023.

However, she also noted that the operator had taken swift action to engage consultants and improve maintenance arrangements, and had been classed by the DVSA as “ahead of the game”.

The TC said: “I am prepared to give the operator one final opportunity to demonstrate that it can continue to run a fully compliant O-licence.

“I find the operator’s repute severely tarnished, but not lost, but this is the final warning. There is a clear need for regulatory action in view of the serious failings found and accepted by the operator.”

She concluded: “I consider that there is a need for a deterrent intervention by way of a period of curtailment and I curtail the licence by seven vehicles, i.e. from 17 to 10 vehicles.

“That curtailment will remain in place for a period of two months.”

About the Author


Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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