CEG Packaging 'not fit to hold an O-licence'

Chris Tindall
March 27, 2019

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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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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