Hauliers disqualified for 10 years
Two former haulage bosses have been disqualified from acting as directors for 10 years for causing their company to be convicted of criminal offences, including using a forged O-licence disc with the intention to deceive.
The Insolvency Service found that Brian and Leslie Moon, the former directors of the now dissolved Norwich haulier Twinkle Transport, were responsible for the operator being convicted of 13 offences at Norwich magistrates’ court in February 2013.
Offences included using a vehicle not specified on the company’s O-licence, using a document resembling an O-licence disc, failing to produce documents and failing to produce tachograph record sheets and digital data.
An Insolvency Service investigation found the directors had made payments to themselves after the company had ceased trading. Between October and November 2013 Brian Moon was paid ?136,900, and between October and December 2013 Leslie Moon was paid £18,429.
The Insolvency Service said the directors allowed the company to trade while insolvent from at least April 2011. The company failed to file returns and make the required payments to HMRC.
East of England traffic commissioner Richard Turfitt revoked Twinkle Transport’s O-licence in June 2013 and disqualified the directors from O-licensing for a year.
The decision came after Brian Moon left a note telling DVSA examiners he had gone to the Cheltenham Festival on the day its vehicles were due to be inspected.
The company was put into liquidation in January 2014.
“Taking action against Brian and Leslie Moon is a warning to all directors to consider their actions and compliance with legislation. Directors must ensure they perform their duties and obligations,” said Cheryl Lambert, chief investigator at the Insolvency Service.
The disqualifications came into effect on 25 December.
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