'Blatant disregard' over records leads to disqualification

Chris Tindall
April 24, 2019

An operator given “numerous chances to demonstrate that he can be compliant” has been disqualified after failing to provide the DVSA with maintenance and drivers’ hours records.

Vincent Larkin was disqualified for two years and his licence in the trading name of Olympic Scaffolding was revoked following an Eastbourne public inquiry (PI) before deputy TC John Baker.

In 2018, the DVSA requested records from Larkin so it could carry out an assessment of compliance. Some documents were sent but a large number were not and, along with a new application for a company called On Point Construction that was using the same address, the operator was called to the PI.

On Point Construction director Sohayla Imanpour told the PI that her business had been running smaller vehicles but she was now applying for an operator’s licence with Larkin as joint director in order to share the workload.

However, DTC Baker ruled action needed to be taken in light of the “very poor previous history and the blatant disregard of the valid request made by the DVSA officers.”

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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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