'Untruthful' operator refused O-licence

Chris Tindall
May 22, 2019

A licence application has been refused by the traffic commissioner after the haulier was found to have operated a vehicle for almost two years without authorisation.

In addition, TC Nick Denton (pictured) said he was “very disappointed” that applicant Christopher Orchard had not told the truth at a public inquiry about using his HGV and couldn’t be confident he would comply with the law in future.

In November 2018 the DVSA stopped a lorry and found that the driver, Orchard, was also the operator, even though it was specified on someone else’s licence. Orchard then applied for a restricted licence for one vehicle and was told he could not operate HGVs while his application was being considered.

At a subsequent PI, the applicant told TC Denton that he had been “wholly ignorant” of the licensing rules and his vehicle had been parked up since the DVSA roadside stop. The TC then looked at his maintenance documents and found that Orchard’s vehicle had travelled 1,200km while his application was being considered.

In a written decision, the TC said: “Mr Orchard then admitted that he had taken the vehicle to some markets during that time, as it was the busy pre-Christmas period.”

He added: “I am very disappointed he chose to be untruthful about this further operation. I cannot be confident he will comply with the law in the future. He has shown he is prepared to choose business convenience over compliance with the law.”

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and has covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning and Brexit.

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