Do you fancy giving this Foden a good home?

Used deal of the week from Commercial Motor’s classified pages is this 2005 Foden Alpha 6x2 midlift.

The 05 plate vehicle is powered by the 420 Cummins engine, and comes with jake brake, PTO (power take off) tipping equipment and alloy wheels.

Vendor, Droitwich-based PM Commercials says the truck is MOTd until June 2016.

Foden’s origins date back to 1856 when Edwin Foden began his career with a small engineering company near Sandbach in Cheshire that would later become Foden Trucks.

The company continued to develop and manufacture trucks to meet the operational needs of hauliers mainly in the UK and New Zealand until the Foden brand was retired from new vehicle production in July 2006.

PM Commercials specialises in the sale of second hand trucks, including draw-bar outfits, vehicles with cranes, tippers, flats and curtainsiders. It also has a variety of trailers available.

Foden still has a core of loyal followers in the UK and we are sure this one will find a good home

Chillin directors given cold shoulder by TCs

The directors of a haulage firm that took over another haulier’s O-licence after its application for more vehicles was turned down have been disqualified for six years.

William and Stella Davidson, directors at Lanarkshire-based Chillin Transport, tried to circumvent the O-licensing regime by buying a vehicle from Joseph G Durham, trading as G&P Transport Services, along with Durham’s O-licence for six vehicles and six trailers.

The sale occurred after Chillin’s application to increase its authorisation to seven vehicles and seven trailers, from two vehicles and three trailers, was turned down by a deputy traffic commissioner (TC) in 2012 due to concerns about its financial standing.

In a public inquiry (PI) in front of TC Joan Aitken in March, Durham admitted that since the sale of his HGV to William Davidson he no longer had control of the vehicles specified under his O-licence.

The vehicles on the Durham O-licence were also being operated from an unauthorised site and continued to be run by Chillin until three days before the PI.

“Durham crossed a line by lending his licence, indeed worse than a loan; a complete relinquishing of his operator’s licence and the control and operation, the bank accounts, the name to another person,” said Aitken in her written decision following the PI.

The PI also heard that Chillin had received 10 prohibitions, one of which was S-marked, in the five years to 30 January 2015, while five further prohibitions were issued in February and March.

One of its drivers did not have the correct entitlement to drive HGVs, and there was no evidence of action on drivers’ hours infringements.

Digital download equipment had only been introduced by the operator in December 2013 and there had been no tachograph downloads before then.

Chillin driver Stuart Forrest, who was also named as the transport manager on the Durham licence, had committed 12 offences of knowingly making a false record, four daily rest offences, five offences of exceeding daily driving limits, and 13 offences of using another person’s driver card.

The TC found that Forrest had lost his repute as a transport manager and was disqualified for three years from 30 June. He was also suspended from driving HGVs for 11 months from the same date.

Irene McAughey was also found to have allowed her name to be used as transport manager on the Chillin O-licence without carrying out her duties since early 2014.

She had lost her repute and was disqualified from 30 June.

The TC revoked the O-licence held by Joseph G Durham from 30 March, disqualified Joseph Durham from O-licensing for four years from 30 March, and revoked Chillin Transport’s O-licence from 30 June.