'Untruthful' operator refused O-licence

A licence application has been refused by the traffic commissioner after the haulier was found to have operated a vehicle for almost two years without authorisation.

In addition, TC Nick Denton (pictured) said he was “very disappointed” that applicant Christopher Orchard had not told the truth at a public inquiry about using his HGV and couldn’t be confident he would comply with the law in future.

In November 2018 the DVSA stopped a lorry and found that the driver, Orchard, was also the operator, even though it was specified on someone else’s licence. Orchard then applied for a restricted licence for one vehicle and was told he could not operate HGVs while his application was being considered.

At a subsequent PI, the applicant told TC Denton that he had been “wholly ignorant” of the licensing rules and his vehicle had been parked up since the DVSA roadside stop. The TC then looked at his maintenance documents and found that Orchard’s vehicle had travelled 1,200km while his application was being considered.

In a written decision, the TC said: “Mr Orchard then admitted that he had taken the vehicle to some markets during that time, as it was the busy pre-Christmas period.”

He added: “I am very disappointed he chose to be untruthful about this further operation. I cannot be confident he will comply with the law in the future. He has shown he is prepared to choose business convenience over compliance with the law.”

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IVECO Stralis X-Way will make UK debut at Tip-ex

The Stralis tractor unit will accompany Stralis X-Way 8x4 tippers already on the fleet. Nathan Brown of Brocks Haulage told CM that the reason why he had gone for IVECO was to "give another brand an opportunity," with the move further prompted by urban emission changes.

The majority of its tippers operate in and out of London. Brown said there was "a fine-line in economic performance" between the IVECOs, Scanias and Volvos in Brock Haulage's fleet, but that the "drivers are happy, especially with the automatic gearboxes".

IVECO's stand will also feature a Stralis X-Way 8x4 rigid that's part of the North East Truck & Van demonstrator fleet, featuring a Boweld tipper body. Accompanying the X-Way will be a 3.5-tonne Daily tipper, which has a further 11,000 configurations such as crew cabs, chassis cabs and chassis cowls.

Completing the line-up will be a Stralis NP powered by liquified natural gas (LNG), which will be available to test on the local roads surrounding Tip-ex.

  • Tip-Ex Tank-Ex, taking place in Harrogate from 30 May - 1 June 2019 is the UK's must-attend event for operators in the dry bulk and liquid tanker sectors. You can register free on the website.