‘Reckless’ reliance on transport manager leads to revocation

O-licence

A courier company that relied on a transport manager who “more likely than not” falsified his CPC certificate as well as licensing documents, has now had its O-licence revoked.

GS Couriers (Nottingham) was authorised to run three lorries in the North West region in April 2018 with Mark Scholey listed as transport manager.

However, the company was under the impression that Jamie Bogg was the listed transport manager.

A Golborne public inquiry heard how company director Richard Gethings-Smith had appointed Bogg because he had appeared “very credible” and knowledgeable and because he himself had little knowledge of operator licensing.

The PI also heard how Scholey knew nothing of his appointment and that Bogg had added his name to the licence without GS Couriers being aware.

When the company, via Bogg, applied for another licence to operate in the North East region, again with Scholey listed as transport manager, concerns were raised by the central licensing office (CLO) that Scholey did not have a genuine link to the business.

In response, a further TM1 form was submitted to the CLO, this time with Bogg’s name added, along with his CPC certificate, although additional concerns were raised that this was also falsified.

In his written decision, TC Simon Evans said Gethings-Smith “accepted with the benefit of hindsight that everything he had been told was ‘a complete lie’, but the company had been ‘blinkered’ in its dealings with what he now described as ‘a fraudster and conman’.”

Summing up, the TC said: “I find that Jamie Bogg nominated Mark Scholey as TM without admitting the true circumstances to the director, whilst purporting to carry out the role himself.”

The TC said Bogg had also falsely told the operator it could run more vehicles than it was entitled to and that the O-licence document for the North East region presented to the director by Bogg was also false.

Bogg did not appear at the PI, but TC Evans said Gethings-Smith’s failure to conduct even basic checks of the application form was “wholly reckless” and “unbecoming of a licence holder.”

The company’s licence was revoked and Gethings-Smith and fellow director Louise Gethings-Smith were disqualified for six months.

The TC found that Bogg did not hold a valid transport manager’s CPC so he had no power to make a formal direction in respect of him.

Isuzu Motors buys UD Trucks from Volvo Group

Volvo Isuzu Alliance

Isuzu Motors and Volvo are to form a technological partnership having agreed the sale of Volvo Group’s UD Trucks in a deal worth around £1.8bn.

The deal is expected to be completed in mid-2020 with an alliance also formed between the businesses to enable them to develop and share future advanced technologies.

The partnership is initially expected to focus on heavy trucks, particularly autonomous and alternative fuelled vehicles, with possible collaboration on medium and small trucks. It is said that the technological partnership will help combine expertise and share investment costs as Volvo Group, Isuzu Motors and UD Trucks move forward.

Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of the Volvo Group said: “The Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors have a well-established relationship on medium-duty trucks in Japan based on mutual respect, shared values and win-win spirit. We see great potential to extend our cooperation within technology, sales and service as well as other areas going forward, for the benefit of our customers and business partners. Our UD Trucks colleagues have done a great job to improve performance in recent years and the alliance opens up a great opportunity to continue the successful journey.”

“Isuzu Motors and the Volvo Group strongly believe in the business opportunities and synergy potential between the two Groups. We intend to derive the full value from each other's different specialties across product and geographical strongholds. Our collaboration will actively contribute to service improvements and strengthened customer satisfaction as well as to prepare ourselves for the forthcoming logistics revolution," says Masanori Katayama, president and representative director of Isuzu Motors.

The announcement of the sale had a positive impact on Volvo shares which saw a rise of around 5% during trading, however, after an initial jump of 3% Isuzu stocks dropped back ending down by more than 5% form their high following the announcement with analysts indicating that the 250bn yen sale price is perhaps too high.