Nine applications and decisions from Scotland

Two granted applications for Ferguson Transport (Spean bridge) were among the most recent applications and decisions in the Scottish traffic area this week.

  • BFS Group can base 35 vehicles and 11 trailers at a unit on the Lochlands Industrial Estate, Larbert.
  • BRS has been given the green light for three vehicles at the B&Q Warehouse, Longman Road, Inverness.
  • BDS Plant Hire (Orkney) has been given permission for five vehicles at Blockworks, Quholm, Stromness.
  • Carney Contracts can park four vehicles at a unit on the Mayfield Industrial Estate, Galston Road, Kilmarnock.
  • GPH Builders Merchants can station one vehicle at the RD Equipment site, Broomiesburn Road, Ellon.
  • Ferguson Transport (Spean Bridge) can base four trailers at the Ferguson Transport Store, Mallaig Industrial Estate, Mallaig, and three vehicles and five trailers at the Ferguson Transport site in Kyleakin, Isle of Skye.
  • Bruichladdich Distillery can base two trailers at The Port Charlotte Garage, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay.
  • Scanstone Logistics can base two vehicles and two trailers at the East Mains of Burnside site in Forfar.
  • Martin Boyle Contracting can locate two vehicles and two trailers at a facility on the Kilmory Industrial Estate, Lochgilphead.

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HMRC closes fuel laundering site

Two men have been arrested and a suspected fuel laundering facility dismantled as part of an HMRC investigation into what is believed to be a multi-million-pound fraud.

HMRC officers, supported by Police Service of Northern Ireland, searched an industrial site on the outskirts of Newry on 9 January. At the facility, 45,000 litres of fuel was seized, along with six large tanks, one rigid truck containing a 20,000-litre tank, a transit van, one 40ft fridge trailer, a 40ft curtainsided trailer and a car.

The suspected laundering plant had the potential to produce in excess of 10 million litres of illicit fuel a year, with the potential loss of £6.5m in revenue.

Steve Tracey, assistant director, Fraud Investigation Service, at HMRC, said: “Fuel launderers abandon harmful waste and transport fuel in vehicles that are unfit for purpose and unsafe. We believe criminals are experimenting with processes that carry a risk of explosion as they seek to defeat fuel markers.”

The men arrested were questioned by HMRC and have been released on bail. Investigations are ongoing.

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