“Unconscionable” behaviour by London operator

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A London-based operator who “spectacularly failed” to prove himself after being issued with an O-licence for one truck has been disqualified for three years.

South Eastern & Metropolitan area TC Sarah Bell said most of the conditions and undertakings issued to Edward Barrett when he was granted the operator’s licence following a hearing in January 2018 had been disregarded and that his behaviour had been “unconscionable”.

Barrett was authorised to run one lorry but it was on the understanding that his father, John Christopher Barrett had no role in the business.

Undertakings were also given that the operator must maintain his vehicle in a roadworthy condition, he would seek external assistance in terms of industry knowledge and he would attend a seminar.

However, following a Metropolitan police roadside encounter and subsequent DVSA investigation, Barrett was called to a PI.

In a written decision, TC Bell said he had betrayed her trust by, among other things, using an unauthorised operating centre, permitting his father to be involved in the business by regularly driving a lorry, racking up numerous drivers’ hours infringements and prohibitions and failing to provide PMI sheets and driver defect sheets.

She said: “In just 18 months, Mr Barrett has breached the trust I put in him and he has flouted the requirements of the operator licensing regime across the board.

“He cannot be trusted to act lawfully on his own account or in terms of ‘fronting’ for his father.”

In addition to the disqualification, the TC also revoked the O-licence.

Innovation invasion at Freight in the City Expo 2019

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This year’s Freight in the City Expo is positively bursting at the seams with innovative technology focused on urban delivery fleets.

More than 65 exhibitors will be on hand in Alexandra Palace’s majestic Great Hall, with 30 brand-new to this year’s event bringing a wide range of new products to your attention.

Major OEMs DAF, Dennis Eagle, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Trucks, Scania and Volvo Trucks will all have a presence at the show, with their latest city-focused product ranges.

Indeed, Volvo Trucks will be inviting visitors to say hello to Vera, its autonomous, connected electric vehicle making its UK debut at the show.

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Meanwhile Renault Trucks will be showcasing its bold new Master Red edition range for the first time in the UK. Featuring new engines, interior and driver-assistance systems, it is available in panel van, minibus, chassis cab and platform cab in diesel and electric variants up to 4.5 tonnes.

Smaller independent manufacturers and converters will also be taking part, from Tevva Motors 7.5-tonne range-extended electric truck range, gaining momentum with UK operators such as UPS, through to start-up Volta Trucks showcasing its electric concept with a fun VR experience for visitors.

Hydrogen will be the focus over on the Ulemco stand where you’ll be able to see a ‘world first’ zero-emission converted tractor unit, with EMOSS highlighting a range of electric and hybrid solutions for city operations on its own booth.

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Bradshaw Electric Vehicles will be back once more to Freight in the City Expo with its full range of industrial electric utility vehicles, while newcomer and UK start-up Electric Assisted Vehicles (EAV) will be highlighting its zero-emission bio-mechanical hybrid vehicles aimed at the final mile and used by parcels firm DPD in London.

There are also exciting new products in the body and trailer world, with YoYo MultiDrops on hand to show you how its multi-purpose urban system can slash loading and unloading time to a mere 80 seconds, while Fruehauf will be highlighting its Conveyor System for rigid and trailer models.

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1st Webbing will be bringing along an innovative roll cage and thermal pallet cover range capable of protecting chilled and frozen product during ambient transport, which the firm said is an ideal, low-cost option for operating in clean air zones.

While Transcover will be highlighting a range of cyclist-friendly urban sheeting systems and NuVech Solutions will be exhibiting its exciting new AirBar system, a retractable safety device that forms a highly visible and effective barrier, raising awareness to oncoming road users.

This is just a small selection of what’s on show at this year’s Freight in the City Expo, in addition to a full day’s seminar programme.

So what are you waiting for? Register today for your free place to attend the urban logistics event of the year!