Dawsonrentals unveils Portable Auto Centre

Dawsonrentals vans launched its new Portable Auto Centre at the CV Show

The facility can house equipment such as the latest repair, painting and baking facilities, and enables commercial vehicles, including extra long wheel base vans, to be repaired quickly and efficiently.

Dawsonrentals will introduce the facilities at its depots in Milton Keynes and Skelmersdale, with the rest of its UK rental sites set to follow in quick succession.

According to the company the facility increases reliability and time on the road, while enabling fleet operators to quickly estimate and cost-effectively repair hired vehicles.

It says the plan is for the Portable Auto Centre not just to be based in its van depots but to be distributed, over the next 12 months, to its business partners and customers within their own premises.

Steve Miller, Group MD of Dawsongroup, said: “They (partners and customers) will be able to have their own Dawsonrentals portable auto centre where rental offices, waiting areas and full facilities for servicing, tyre fitting and body repairs are housed within a modular community.

“Affording efficient and immediate service in addition to effective management of time and cost control, this is really going to shake up the commercial vehicle rental sector.”

Gareth Jones, MD at Dawsonrentals vans, said the Portable Auto Centre represents a revolutionary approach to fleet maintenance.

He added: “We have created a modular concept that tackles the common challenges within the vehicle marketplace.

“Having our own modular technology was the next logical approach to our fairer service level agreement and supports our approach to recharges and reducing downtime for vehicles.

“We always have our customer at the heart of every project and this was no exception: they will benefit from better information and the ability to return vehicles without fear of excessive charges.”

Haulier disqualified for using another company's O-licence

A haulier who continued to operate using an O-licence formerly held by a dissolved company has been disqualified from running trucks.

West Midlands traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Jones revoked the O-licence issued to Ryan and Ward Haulage, which was being used by Reward Haulage, and disqualified Robert Ward from being involved in O-licensing for three years.

A DVSA investigation carried out following the issue of an S-marked prohibition found that Reward Haulage did not have an O-licence of its own and did not have sufficient financial standing.

Ryan and Ward Haulage, a limited company, was granted an O-licence in 2004, but traded as a partnership from 2005. The limited company was dissolved in 2006 following a disagreement between Ward and co-owner Mr Ryan. Ward continued to trade the partnership until 2010. The only O-licence in operation during the time was for the limited company.

Since 2010 Ward operated as the transport manager and controlling entity of Reward Haulage, of which his wife Lynn Ward was a director. Reward Haulage, like a series of Ward’s former businesses, also used the O-licence granted to Ryan and Ward haulage.

During a February public inquiry (PI), TC Jones was told that the site currently used by Reward Haulage for parking vehicles had never been advertised, making it incapable of being a legitimate operating centre.

The company also incurred a prohibition rate of 64% over five years and 50% over two years. Drivers had also received a significant amount of fixed penalties.

Ward also changed his maintenance provider without giving notice; was not operating from the site Ryan and Ward Haulage had been authorised to; did not have records in place; did not produce documents specified in the PI call-up letter; and did not keep full PMI records. One vehicle operated by the firm received only two inspections in 2013 and none at all in 2014.

During the hearing, Ward blamed his age and family commitments on not taking as much care in his business as he should have been.

In his written decision, TC Jones described the PG9 rate as unacceptable and said the level of knowledge of Ward in respect to his role as a transport manager was “pitifully low”.

Jones said: “Whilst the transport manager was qualified by examination and ought to have had some basic knowledge about the non-transferability of operator licences, he claimed ignorance on this issue.  I regard it as significant that he failed to even advertise the existing operating centre.”

TC Jones revoked the Ryan and Ward Haulage O-licence.

The TC also disqualified Robert Ward from holding a transport manager position until he passes new CPC examinations and said any application involving Lynn Ward should be referred to a traffic commissioner.

Summing up: The TC said Ward should have been aware that O-licences are non-transferable and compliant operators had suffered as a result of his practices.

  • This article appeared in the 30 April print issue of Commercial Motor. Why not subscribe?