Container haulier Newell & Wright adds a railway locomotive to its fleet

 

Container haulier Newell & Wright Transport (NWT) has had a railway locomotive painted in its livery.

The GB Railfreight-owned class 66 engine, which has been named Made in Sheffield, will operate a daily service from DP World London Gateway to the haulier’s own Rotherham rail terminal.

Since opening three years ago, NWT’s rail terminal has expanded rapidly, and currently receives 300 containers per day. In addition to the London Gateway train, there are also two daily services from Felixstowe.

Speaking at the naming ceremony at the London Gateway rail terminal this week, NWT operations director Stephen Newell (pictured), said: “This is a big step for us, both as a family and a business. It’s been a lot of hard work, but days like this make it all worthwhile. When we opened the rail terminal this momentous day was just a pipedream.”

Newell told Commercial Motor that instead of having a detrimental effect on the haulage business, the rail terminal has boosted it. “Not only is the haulage business growing, but we’re using the trucks more competitively these days,” he explained. “The long distances are covered by the train, meaning the trucks can service the local area. We’re covering considerably less distances these days.”

At the event NWT also showed a brand new MAN TGX 26.460, the 96th MAN on its 115-strong fleet. “We really like the MAN product,” said Newell. “They look after us well, and the back-up has been exceptional. The Euro-6 TGX is an excellent truck.”

 

Removals company boss loses repute and O-licence

A removals company has been put out of business after its director was caught at the wheel without a tachograph card and ignored a prohibition notice by driving off. Azam Amin and his company AJ Removals & Storage have been disqualified for three years, its O-licence has been revoked and Amin has also lost his good repute as a transport manager following the incident in May 2018.

Traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Denton said the director had compounded his actions by fabricating the claim that he did not need a tachograph card because he was doing unpaid gas repair work for a friend on his day off. Further investigation found the claim was untrue and Amin had been undertaking furniture removals and had been paid £1,000.

A public inquiry in Birmingham was adjourned due to Amin being prosecuted by the DVSA for using a false instrument, for which he was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. When the PI took place in May 2019, Amin’s solicitor said her client had been angry at being issued with a fixed penalty for not using a tacho card and had driven off despite having been issued with a driving prohibition. He then “stupidly” attempted to cover his tracks by drafting a letter he induced a customer to sign, which claimed he was doing gas fitting work, because he feared he was in trouble for driving away from the examiner.

Amin told the TC he had never been in trouble before and any regulatory action would severely effect his business, which employed five full-time people. However, Denton said his offence was “not a one-off moment of madness”. He said: “The original offence was compounded by driving away while under prohibition. That might have been a heat-of-the-moment action that Mr Amin could have gone some way towards remedying by volunteering the truth subsequently. This is not the action of a reputable transport manager or operator.”

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