Application for return of seized vehicle refused

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An application to the traffic commissioner for the return of a vehicle by a company whose licence was revoked has been refused after it was found it was being operated unlawfully.

A three-axle Iveco pulling a semi-trailer laden with a container was escorted into a DVSA enforcement site near Abingdon earlier this year, before it was revealed that the driver was working for RFS Hire.

This haulier had its licence revoked in 2020 and director Roger Fowler disqualified after a TC described the state of its fleet as “appalling” (CM 8 July). The Iveco was detained and Fowler later applied for its return, claiming that he had no idea it was being used unlawfully.

In his application, Fowler stated he had already sold it for export to Gambia. “The vehicle should have been returning to Bristol unit only but the agents gave the driver the wrong detail and sent him on a job he shouldn’t have been doing,” he said.

But western traffic area TC Kevin Rooney said he was satisfied the papers had been properly served. “The driver was clear that he was working for RFS Hire Ltd,” he said. “There were delivery notes in the name of RFS Hire Ltd. The vehicle was being used unlawfully and DVSA had every right to detain it. The application is refused.”

Road Transport Expo launched

A brand-new industry event is bursting onto the scene next summer – the Road Transport Expo 2022 - taking place at Stoneleigh Park from 30 June–2 July.

Created by Commercial Motor publisher Road Transport Media, RTX2022 has a simple and powerful core theme: “It’s all about the truck!”

HGVs will be at the very heart of everything the show will offer visitors, from the latest models on display and available to ’ride and drive’, through to conference talks, technology demonstrations and a live on-site used truck auction.

To make this the ‘one-stop event’ industry has told us was needed, we’ve brought together a number of leading trade shows into a single offering. This includes Harrogate’s historic Tip-Ex and Tank-Ex, and the highly topical Freight in the City Expo.

We’re also pulling out all the stops when it comes to delivering a high-class visitor experience for everyone who joins us at the inaugural event.

A dedicated team of show-makers will be on hand from the moment you arrive to make sure you get the most from attending, and we’ve made sure catering, networking and meeting facilities are top notch.

“We are incredibly excited to be creating this brand-new show for industry and will be making sure it delivers the wow factor for visitors!” said Vic Bunby, divisional director at Road Transport Media. 

“It will provide the perfect hub for anyone working in the road transport industry to meet, from leading vehicle OEMs and start-up technology firms, through to fleet operators and drivers. It really will have something for everybody and we can’t wait to meet you all there!”

Full details will be published in Commercial Motor 15 July, so make sure to grab yourself a copy!

In the meantime, to find out more about exhibiting at Road Transport Expo 2022, please contact [email protected], or to find out more about the visitor experience, please contact [email protected].