Southport operator's licence application refused


A Southport operator has had his licence application for two lorries refused after the traffic commissioner found there had been “a blatant and unlawful use of large goods vehicles.”

NGS Scaffolding was called to a Golborne public inquiry after concerns were raised about discrepancies in its application forms, the suitability of the proposed operating centre and earlier applications which were subsequently refused or withdrawn.

Director Wayne Wallace told North West TC Simon Evans that he was unaware his first application for a licence, in April 2017, had been refused.

Wallace admitted that administration was not his strength and that he might not have read the application form properly before signing it.

However, the TC noted that it appeared in the application and from photographs that two HGVs were being used without any licence authority.

TC Evans acknowledged that Wallace had been transparent with his answers and there had been no serious attempt to hide unlawful use of vehicles.

But the use of lorries without a licence was a serious matter: “I would not be doing my duty if I were to allow an operator which has manifestly breached the rules to be allowed to enter the regulated industry, without first showing me that there is a likelihood of future compliance by demonstrating during the application process that it will comply by the rules,” he said in a written decision.

FloGas adds biomethane to its range


LPG and LNG supplier FloGas has added liquid biomethane bio-LNG to its range, claiming to be the ­ first to supply the fuel off-grid.

Using bio-methane allows operators to achieve carbon emission reductions of up to 80%, it suggests.

The biomethane supplied by Flogas is produced from anaerobic digestion facilities, in which organic matter such as food, sewage sludge and animal waste is broken down to produce a methane-rich gas that is chemically almost identical to LNG.

David Taylor, head of corporate affairs and innovation at Flogas, said: “We’re so convinced by the benefits of bio-LNG that we’ve just added new bio-LNG trucks to our own fleet.

“These trucks are just one of many positive steps the business is taking, as we move towards a cleaner, greener future.”

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