Haulier enters liquidation after O-licence is revoked

A Telford haulier that had its licence revoked at a public inquiry (PI) earlier this year has entered liquidation.

Insolvency practitioners at Birmingham-based Butcher Woods were appointed to THR Parcels & Pallets last month.

The operator appeared before traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Denton in January and according to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (OTC), its licence was revoked for illegal practices.

“The licence holder, David Vowles, was also the transport manager,” said an OTC spokesperson. “He was loaning his licence disc for £120 per month to another company that did not have a licence to operate. This is illegal and undermines the operator licensing regime.”

THR Parcels & Pallets’ operating centre was on the Hadley Business Park in Telford and it held a standard international licence for 20 lorries and five trailers up until March this year.

The OTC spokesperson added: “Denton considered that a ‘competent and reputable transport manager would have known that to lend a vehicle licence disc to an unauthorised operator for money was to undermine the purpose of the operator licensing system.’

“Accordingly, Denton found that Vowles’ good repute as transport manager was lost, and he disqualified him from acting as a transport manager for an indefinite period.

“The O-licence for THR Parcels and Pallets was revoked because it was no longer the operating entity, which was actually a separate company and had been the situation for several years. The firm also lacked financial standing.”

Renault expands range with new electric Zoe Van

Renault Zoe van

Renault is expanding its Pro+ range with the addition of a small car-derived van. The new Zoe Van will go on sale in August and promises a 245-mile range and a payload of 387kg.

Power comes from an 80kW R110 electric motor – the same as used in the Zoe passenger car – with a 52kWh battery pack.

It features a new B-mode for increased regenerative braking, while the fast charging on a 50kW rapid DC charger will be an option that enables an 80% charge in an hour, with a 30-minute charge said to be enough for 90 additional miles.

Removing the rear seats and installing a completely flat floor allows a maximum load volume of 1cu m with a 1,205mm length and a maximum width of 1,110mm. Both rear doors remain functional allowing easy side access to the load, and have an opaque film applied to the windows to meet the regulations required to register the Zoe as a van as well as to improve security. A full-length load cover has been added and the rear parcel shelf also remains, but is removable.

The Zoe Van will come in two trim levels, Business and Business+ both of which get a 7-inch touchscreen fitted as standard with a 10-inch TFT instrument panel ahead of the driver to display the instrument panel. The higher trim level of the small van also gets keyless entry, cruise control, lane departure warning, parking assist and a wireless phone charging compartment in the centre console as part of the package. There's also the option to upgrade the touchscreen to a 9.3-inch version.

In the rear the loadspace gets a full mesh bulkhead as well as four load-lashing points and a protective rubber floor. The rear parcel shelf also remains for added security.

A five-year and 100,000-mile warranty covers the vehicle, while a separate eight-year warranty for 100,000 miles covers the batteries.

Prices start from £19,380 excluding VAT but including the Plug-in Van Grant of £6,120 with first deliveries scheduled for November.