Coultons Bread secures new O-licence for eight vehicles

Commercial Motor
September 30, 2016

Coultons Bread, which had its 15 vehicle O-licence revoked in May following Driver CPC fraud, has succeeded in gaining a new licence for eight vehicles at a public inquiry (PI) in Leeds.

Revoking the original licence earlier this year, traffic commissioner Kevin Rooney described how local managers in Bradford, having run out of time in September 2014 to meet the Driver CPC deadline, had put in arrangements to obtain the cards fraudulently.

It claimed the 35 hours of training had been completed when they had not. 

At the earlier PI, Rooney said he was concerned that Chris Holt, who had transport responsibilities and had been part of the fraud, and Lee Wadsworth who ran Coultons’ Bradford Happy Bread site, were still in post.

Rooney said the company’s directors allowed that to happen as they had insufficient control.

Speaking to Coultons Bread director Howard Hunter at the latest PI in Leeds about the employment status of the individuals involved in the Driver CPC fraud, Hunter said he had moved the two named employees to other roles in the business that were not related to transport.

He also confirmed that none of the convicted drivers would drive for the company again.


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