Noble aspiration pays off after PI appearance

A Northampton operator who had his licence revoked last year has been given a second chance at running trucks after a traffic commissioner was persuaded he had met the statutory criteria.

Ashley Warren, sole director of Noble Scaffolding, appeared at a Cambridge public inquiry after filling out an application to operate two HGVs under a restricted licence from a Dodford operating centre. Warren had previously held a licence for two HGVs, but this was revoked in February 2020 after a traffic examiner identified “a general lack of awareness of requirements” following a site visit.

In his new application, Warren explained that he had created a transport management system; joined the RHA; undertaken additional training; outsourced drivers’ hours analysis and he also proposed undertaking an audit three months after the licence was granted. Warren had also employed a transport consultant to assist with setting up any administration and management.

In a written decision following the PI, traffic commissioner Richard Turfitt granted the licence, but also warned Warren that there could be no repeat of his previous non-compliance: “Mr Warren was left in no doubt that as the sole director he is responsible for ensuring compliance with the operator licence requirements,” he said. “I was persuaded that the applicant had met the statutory criteria so that I could grant the licence.”

Chester-based Farrall’s Group buys its first New Generation MAN TGXs

Farrall’s Group has taken delivery of its first New Generation MAN TGX tractor units, a pair of 26.470 6x2’s with mid-lift axles and GM cabs.

The Chester-based family-run haulier has been running MANs for three years, the first to join its 70-strong fleet being a 2018 TGX 26.500 XXL.

“When purchasing an MAN you know exactly what you’re getting, they are robust, efficient and reliable,” says Matthew Farrall, Farrall's Group MD. “With MAN you also get a partnership with the dealer network, in our case AN Richards of Froncysyllte, who totally understand our business, our needs and offer us a 360 degree level of wrap-around care.

“We’ve heard great things about the new generation TGX in terms of efficiency and fuel consumption, so were very much looking forward to seeing how they perform and early indications are very positive indeed.”