Absolute decision to revoke O-licence upheld

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An appeal against a decision to revoke a haulier’s licence, on the grounds that it wasn’t told why it was being revoked and was disproportionate, has been dismissed by the upper tribunal.

The TC had written several times to three different addresses warning Absolute Business Services (Scotland) that its licence would be revoked unless it applied to add a replacement transport manager. This did not happen and the TC revoked the licence, prompting an application by Absolute for a stay of the decision until an upper tribunal hearing was heard. This was reluctantly granted, however the tribunal agreed with the TC’s decision and dismissed the appeal.

Judge Anna Poole QC stated: “The TC did not behave in a disproportionate manner.”

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Traffic commissioner curbs monkey business

A Stockport operator has had its licence revoked after traffic commissioner (TC) Simon Evans (pictured) concluded it was “more likely than not” it was operating as a front for two disqualified directors.

The TC said JA & PN, which traded as Monkey Scaffolding, could not be trusted and that there were “links of significance” with Peter and Nicola Lightfoot, who had been disqualified in 2017 for three and a half years and two and a half years respectively in respect of misconduct as directors of Burnley Roofing Contractors.

At a Golborne public inquiry, Monkey’s director Joseph Bradley admitted he had at first lied that the ‘PN’ in ‘JA & PN’ was “just made up” and that it stood for Peter and Nicola; there was a plan for them to be involved but they dropped out.

TC Evans also found that the company did not meet the necessary levels of financial standing for two HGVs.

The TC said the company was disqualified from holding an O-licence for three years.

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