Commercial Motor Awards 2018 shortlist: Aftersales and Maintenance Provider of the Year

Commercial Motor Awards 2018


In selecting the shortlist for Aftersales and Maintenance Provider of the Year, the Commercial Motor Awards judges looked for high levels of successful maintenance and repair delivery, long-term customer relationships and bespoke aftersales packages tailored to the need of customers. They also took into account initiatives such as longer opening hours and attracting new staff when considering this shortlist.

The winner will be announced on 15 November at The Vox, Birmingham. Go to commercialmotorawards.com to see the shortlists for all categories, and to book tickets. Join the conversation about the Commercial Motor Awards by tweeting #2018CMA.

APM Commercials
Part of the pan-European service partner network for Schmitz Cargobull, Immingham-based APM has been providing aftersales and maintenance for domestic and European fleets for 25 years.

Commercial Contract Engineers
CCE has been at the forefront of commercial vehicle and car repairs for more than 37 years. It achieved Schmitz Cargobull’s Service Partner accreditation last year after demonstrating it met the strict assessment criteria.

Dennison Commercials
Northern Ireland’s Dennison offers an aftersales, workshop, maintenance and parts offering to all customers. Although primarily a Volvo dealership, it services all makes and models of trucks and trailers, offering a wide range of repair and maintenance contracts.

RH Commercial Vehicles
RHCV provides aftersales support, MoTs, a paint shop, ATF, and 24-hour roadside assistance. The workshop increased its revenue by 22% and the body shop increased its revenue by 26%.

Terberg DTS UK
Terberg celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Running out of Halifax it cares for more than 900 vehicles on fully inclusive maintenance packages - particularly specialist vehicles in the rail, port and aviation sectors.

Waldron Commercials
Highly Commended in this category in 2017, Waldron has continued to grow from its base in south Wales, securing a bespoke maintenance package for a global logistics supplier. Since winning Technician Team of the Year in 2017 it has seen a 22% increase in new customer contracts.

Yaxley Coachworks
The past 12 months have seen Peterborough-based Yaxley Coachworks grow rapidly, working on high-profile contracts including two ongoing projects with Formula 1 teams. The quality, performance and service provided by Yaxley Coachworks has also seen it accredited as an official service partner for Schmitz Cargobull.

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Nine months jail term for £194,000 VAT haulage fraudster

VAT


The boss of County Tyrone-based Lyons Haulage has been sent to prison for his role in a £194,000 VAT fraud, following an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into his company.

Mark Lyons, 48, of Crevenagh Road, Omagh, ran the company with his wife, Janet, and between November 2011 and September 2014 they charged customers £194,063.61 in VAT but kept the money.

The HMRC investigation revealed that Mark, who pleaded guilty at a hearing in May 2017 to cheating the public revenue contrary to common law, played a central role in the fraud.

He was sentenced to nine months in prison and nine months on licence, when he appeared at Dungannon Crown Court on 19 September. Janet, 49, admitted the same offence and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for three years at Dungannon Crown Court in June 2017.

She was also banned from being a company director for five years. She had also pleaded guilty at the hearing in May 2017 to cheating the public revenue contrary to common law.

HMRC Fraud Investigation Service Assistant director Steve Tracey said: “The Lyons’ stole from the taxpayer and thought they could simply pocket the money, which should have been funding vital public services. They were wrong and now are paying the price with a prison sentence and criminal records.

“Most people pay the tax they owe, when they owe it, but a small minority think they are above the law. No matter how well you think you’ve covered your tracks, nobody is beyond our reach.” Confiscation proceedings are underway to recover the stolen tax.