Imperial sign up with Multipart

Laurie Dealer understands that Imperial Commercials in Frome has signed up with Multipart to supply its van and truck parts.






The deal sees Imperial Commercials "extended its parts support to van and truck operators across Somerset following its appointment by Multipart as both a VANfit and a Diesel Technic all-makes parts outlet".

With more than 2,000 parts for 12 makes of vans and more than 20,000 parts for Scania, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, DAF and MAN trucks, it makes Imperial Commercials a true all-rounder. Fitting, as Ian Botham is one of the county's favourite sons.

Neal Latham, parts team leader at Frome, says: "These are two well established all-makes programmes that are sure to appeal to operators because of the quality of the products and their competitive pricing.

"Firms running mixed fleets with a variety of makes will find it simpler to obtain all their parts from a single source knowing also that availability is good and that we deliver direct to their door twice a day."

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Illegal disc loaning haulier loses appeal

Cambridgeshire haulage firm PA Faulkner Sub-Contract Transport - which had its O-licence revoked after it illegally loaned out licence discs - has had its appeal against the decision thrown out.

Upper tribunal Judge Mark Hinchliffe upheld the decision of Richard Turfitt, Eastern Area Traffic Commissioner (TC), made at a joint public inquiry (PI) last September that Paul Faulkner, boss of the Wisbech-based business, lose his repute adding that his conduct "struck at the heart of the operators' licensing system".

Faulkner, authorised for three vehicles, was the registered keeper of one particular truck between October and December 2009.

The TC heard how Faulkner made an arrangement with Kevin Elsey - who had a previous licence revoked at a 2008 PI following a VOSA tacho investigation into 7,000km of missing mileage - which effectively meant Faulkner did not dictate the work it was doing and he had no control over the driver.

In return, Elsey passed on jobs at the Lamb Weston potato processing facility in Wisbech, for Faulkner to carry out using his other vehicles.

The same PI also heard how during February and March 2010 that Wisbech resident Steven Smith - who had stopped trading as SJS Trucking in November 2009 - allowed his licence to be used by Elsey for a £50-a-week payment.

Turfitt ruled that Elsey and Smith had also lost their repute and revoked Smith's licence.

In his appeal Faulkner argued that the TC had failed to properly consider that he had voluntarily brought the illegal arrangements with Elsey to an end.

He also argued that the TC should have given greater weight to his many years as an operator.

However, Judge Hinchliffe said: "An experienced operator and transport manager should surely know better than to allow a specified vehicle, and a disc, to be used in the way that happened here."

The revocation of the PA Faulkner licence will come into effect on 25 February.