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Skip company was used as a front for revoked operator

A west London-based skip company that was used to enable a former plant hire firm to “operate from beyond the grave” has been stripped of its O-licence by traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Denton (pictured).Euro Skips, based in Greenford, was used as a front to allow Liam Moloney Plant Hire to continue operating after it had its O-licence taken away, a public inquiry (PI) in Eastbourne was told on 21 October.

The biggest legal cases of 2015

The traffic commissioners (TCs), police and enforcement agencies have worked hard over the last 12 months to make sure the serially non-compliant and most dangerous operators and drivers are either taken off the road, or sanctioned to deter them from offending again. Commercialmotor.com revisits the five biggest legal cases of 2015.1. Euro Logistics Kent, Euro Logistics London

Improved mirrors to be mandatory from July

Improved mirrors that eliminate HGV blind spots will become mandatory on newly registered vehicles from July next year across the EU.The measure, championed by the UK government, was adopted following a vote earlier this month (16 December) by the European Commission.For the first time it will be mandatory for all newly registered vehicles in the UK to meet the improved mirrors standard.

Defective Lakeland Tanker discovered

A government investigation into non-compliant GRW fuel tankers has uncovered a Lakeland Tanker containing defects. In a written statement to parliament, transport minister Andrew Jones said a full-scale test of the tanker had found that safety was not compromised by the defects, but he conceded that they were being looked into by the manufacturer.

All new HGVs to require sideguards under DfT proposal to improve road safety

The government is planning to outlaw the removal of sideguards and rear under-run devices on HGVs as part of its drive to reduce cyclists’ deaths across the UK.The plan is contained in the DfT’s British Road Safety Statement (BRSS) published yesterday, which also proposes doubling the fine for HGV drivers using mobiles whilst driving.

Dissolved firm sees O-licence revoked

Connolly Transport has had its O-licence revoked, four years after the business was dissolved.In a written decision by Judge Kenneth Mullan following a tribunal hearing in Belfast in November, the appeal made by the former director – Clifford Connolly – was dismissed.

Waste haulier Dunchaul fined for illegal tipping

A waste haulier and two farmers have been ordered to pay more than £264,000 in fines and costs after they illegally dumped more than 60,000 tonnes of waste in the Cornish countryside.An Environment Agency (EA) investigation found that Andrew Duncan, director of Plymouth operator Dunchaul, along with farmers David Stroud and Darren Pearce, deposited tonnes of soil, demolition and construction waste on unauthorised sites between June 2010 and September 2012.