O-licence granted despite ‘negative history’

A partner in a new haulage firm who claimed to have forgotten he was still subject to a disqualification order has been given the benefit of the doubt by a traffic commissioner.

Jason Poole and Paul Brown had applied for an operator’s licence for one vehicle, but when the office of the TC became aware that Brown was disqualified from acting as a director until August 2020, the partnership was called to a Cambridge public inquiry. Brown had been director of a business called P Brown Builders which entered liquidation in 2008.

He was made bankrupt in 2010 and was then disqualified from acting as a director between 2017 and August 2020 due to his involvement with another business, Brown Builders, which was liquidated in 2015.

In a written decision, TC Richard Turfitt said Brown had acknowledged he was the subject of a disqualification order, but that he had recently been engaged in a sole trader business and this had been successful and he had been fully compliant.

Turfitt added: “I am asked to accept that despite the negative history, Mr Brown simply forgot about the failure of his previous business, his personal bankruptcy and the director disqualification order.”

However, after the TC received evidence from the partnership of their compliance commitments relating to roller brake testing, driver and vehicle records and training, he concluded: “I am prepared to grant on the basis of those undertakings, with an inevitable warning that there must be full compliance going forward.”

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For commercial vehicle rental firm, MC Rental, Bandvulc has proven to be the perfect fit. Their decision to switch to Conti360 Fleet Solutions has not only delivered real-world benefits to the on-road performance of their extensive fleet but has allowed them the chance to improve their principal value – customer service.

MC Rental, based near the historic town of Maidstone in Kent, has established itself as one of the UK’s leading commercial vehicle solutions providers. The independently owned company offers businesses and operators the option to rent anything from 4x4’s and pick-up trucks, right through to 44-tonne tractor units and trailers. With a fleet comprising of more than 2,500 vehicles serving a multitude of industries, including construction, agriculture, haulage, municipal services and couriers, the company’s customers expect a holistic rental experience that they can depend on and trust. Rentals vary from a short-term hire to a full long-term contract hire solution with customer-specific liveries, dependent on each client’s individual needs.

“For us, it’s as much about the service offered by our tyre partner as it is about the product itself,” explains Nick, MC Rental’s Fleet Maintenance Manager. “The nature of the business means that we needed a supplier that could serve as an extension of our customer service. Clients depend on our fleet day in, day out, so fixing or replacing a tyre quickly, simply and efficiently is critical to us building and maintaining strong, long-lasting relationships. Since we took the step to transition to using Bandvulc, we’ve really been impressed with the results.”

Since choosing Bandvulc Nick and the MC Rental team are reliably delivering their renowned customer service and flexibility  “We’re in near-daily contact with the team at Conti360 to co-ordinate repairs, replacements and checks on our vehicles  to ensure roadworthiness. There’s a lot of co-ordination required to satisfy both our internal processes and those of our varying clients, but it’s handled brilliantly by their nationwide team.”

The MC Rental contract is overseen by Bandvulc and utilises the Conti360° Fleet Solutions programme. Offering a complete, all-round service that covers all aspects of tyre management, customers benefit from a Europe-wide network of rapid-response partners and service associates. Each are comprehensively trained to provide expert fitment, maintenance, inspection and breakdown support.

Ian Harris, National Fleet Key Account Sales Manager for Bandvulc with responsibility for the MC Rental contract said: “The Conti360° support network is vital for delivering the outstanding service upon which our relationship with MC Rental is built. Nick has the confidence that, upon reporting an issue, we can swiftly handle the whole solution management and delivery process from start to finish, whilst also supplying real-time cost and status updates through the online management platform. MC Rental operates on a pay-as-you-go contract, which offers great flexibility.

Harris explains, “With such a diverse range of vehicles operating across numerous sectors, environments and terrain, we utilise a broad range of Bandvulc, Continental and Uniroyal tyres to maximise efficiency and longevity. For the tractor units and rigids, we fit Continental Hybrid HS3+ to all steer axles, and Bandvulc BD08 to drive axles. Dependent on the size and load rating requirement of the lift or tag axle, we use Continental tyres for the 215/75R17.5 and the 315/60R22.5 and Bandvulc BVA2 on the 315/70R22.5. The rigid tippers policy is Uniroyal FM40 onsteer axle, while the drive axles utilise Bandvulc’s BDY3s. MC Rental’s van fleet is fitted with Uniroyal AllSeason Max.”

The winning formula of exceptional, customer-centric service, clear accountability, frequent communication and a market-leading range of tyres has seen Bandvulc secure its position as a critical supplier for MC Rental. “Working with Bandvulc has proven that, despite the challenges we face daily, it really is possible to deliver an excellent standard of tyre maintenance and service that meets the needs of all parties involved”, concludes Nick. “We have reassurance that Bandvulc and the Conti360° network will get the job done. Our customers are happy with the service they receive, as are we, and that’s the most important thing.”