Father and son O-licences revoked

Two operator licences belonging to a father and son have been revoked after a traffic commissioner found they breached undertakings, did not meet financial standing and had racked up prohibitions and fixed penalties.

Simon Evans, TC for the North West, said Ashbourne, Derbyshire-based JLM European and sole trader William Morritt must both be removed from the industry and also that Morritt, his son Jamie and JLM were all “manifestly without repute.”

JLM European and its director Jamie was granted a licence in 2017 on the condition that father William played no part in the business.

However, it was called to a PI after it became apparent William had been added as a director in the Companies House record; vehicles had attracted prohibitions and MOT failure rates were worse than the national average.

William Morritt was also called to the same PI after a maintenance investigation found an absence of brake testing, an independent audit of licence compliance had not been carried out and vehicles had attracted fixed penalties for tacho and drivers’ hours offences.

At the PI, William was unable to demonstrate financial standing for his sole trader operation and he admitted that his licence was now operating “under the wing of JLM”.

He also admitted that he regarded the undertaking that he played no part in JLM as “less important that he now knew it to be.”

The undertaking that he obtained an independent audit on his sole trader licence had also not been carried out; in a written decision, TC Evans explained: “He believed that since DVSA had undertaken a maintenance inspection in July 2018 that this negated the need for him to arrange an audit.

“For a man so long involved in the haulage industry to offer such an excuse in belief it might be accepted is incredible.”

The TC revoked both operators’ licences and William was disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence.

Jamie did not appear at the PI and the TC concluded: “In order to provide him with the opportunity to make representations about disqualification as a director, partner or sole trader in writing, or if he wishes, to do so orally in front of me, I do no more than indicate my intention in this decision.”


Renault Trucks' key figures visit new £3.5m Nottingham dealership

Renault Trucks Nottingham

Bruno Blin, president of Renault Trucks, said the new £3.5m RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) centre in Nottingham will be important in “helping our customers to reach success in their business”.

Blin’s statement came after recently visiting the branch with Carlos Rodrigues, MD of Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, following it becoming fully operational in June.

“RHCV’s site opening marks a successful year for the team and it was great to see RHCV’s new site and the significant investment they have made,” added Rodrigues after the visit, stating the new site “will be pivotal in helping RHCV support both current and new customers.” 

Located 3 miles from Junction 26 of the M1, the site was developed over 12 months as part of RHCV’s strategy to boost accessibility and to enhance the group’s presence along the motorway. It operates alongside branches in Northampton, Alfreton and Leicester.

Nigel Baxter, MD of RHCV, led the tour of the premises alongside commercial director Paul Pearson. As well as talking to team members, they also met customers Justin and Ashley Sherwood, directors of Sherwood Group, and John Matthews, MD of Allegro Transport.

Baxter said: “It was a real privilege to welcome Carlos, Bruno and some of our customers to the new site. Not only did they get to view the new and enhanced facilities, such as a new workshop, a brand-new ATF lane, paint booth and tacho-rolling bay, but they got to meet and chat with our hard-working employees who have been instrumental in the success of our operation over the last few years.”