TC puts firm's operating dream to sleep

Ashleigh Wight
October 24, 2016

A bed firm that demonstrated not even the slightest understanding of what is required to operate goods vehicles has been refused a restricted O-licence.

North East traffic commissioner (TC) Kevin Rooney said Batley, West Yorkshire-based Dream Therapy was unfit to operate HGVs because its sole director seemed unaware of many of an operator’s responsibilities.

At a public inquiry in Leeds this month, director Hamza Ali Areshad was unable to tell the TC what a Driver CPC was or what the letters stood for.

He was also unfamiliar with the company’s O-licence application, and said it was applying for one vehicle and not the three it had advertised.

It emerged that Areshad had links to Dreamers (GB), a business that had its O-licence revoked in 2013, and its director Masood Bostan. Areshad claimed he was not related to the business, but later admitted that Bostan was his father.

TC Rooney said: “The point that is of greatest concern is that Mr Areshad persisted that there were no links until that position became untenable. Operator licensing relies on trust and trust requires openness and co-operation.”

The TC said Areshad would be welcome to apply for an O-licence again but would need to demonstrate that he had attended relevant training on HGV operation.

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