An operator with a history of failing to comply with licence undertakings has had an application refused after a deputy traffic commissioner (TC) said he had not accepted his responsibilities.
North West area deputy TC Jayne Salt said CEG Packaging was not fit to hold a licence for two HGVs after she heard evidence of how director Colin Graham was previously director of a firm called Grahams Cartons, which faced a public inquiry (PI) in 2008.
At the time, Graham had failed to apply for a new licence when he changed the entity of the business from a sole trader to a limited company.
It meant Graham had been MD of a company operating vehicles without a licence for four years. Then in 2013 the company received a strong warning following an unsatisfactory maintenance investigation.
Grahams Cartons entered administration in 2018 and CEG Packaging then took over the business. However, the administration was not notified to the TC and the applicant continued using vehicles authorised on the previous business’s licence.
At a Golborne PI, Graham conceded that there had been a history of failing to correspond with the TC’s office and it was because he was “not good at administration” .
The TC said: “I am not confident that the applicant can be trusted to act compliantly in future because the director has shown insufficient understanding of the need to take personal responsibility for compliance.”
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