RH Commercial Vehicles appoints new sales executive

East Midlands Renault Trucks distributor RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) has appointed a new sales executive.

Garry Nelson, 32, has more than 10 years’ experience in commercial vehicle sales and comes to RHCV from MAN Truck and Bus UK where he worked in the company’s direct sales department.

In addition to his years of experience Nelson has also gained his Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

Paul Pearson, commercial director at RHCV said the sales team at the company is now the largest it has been since it became independent in 2012.

He added: “Garry’s experience is a fantastic asset for the company along with his proactive and positive approach to business.

“His previous experience working within Nottinghamshire will stand him in good stead with both new and existing RHCV customers.”

In the past Pearson and Nelson sometimes competed for the same business during their sales careers.

Nelson added: “I had come across RHCV before and always admired the way it conducts business and so when the role became available I relished the chance to join the company.

“The high standard of its customer service and feedback really pulled me towards this role.”

Skip operator receives three-day suspension for running over its authorisation

A North London skip operator has had its O-licence suspended for three days after it was discovered running a third vehicle without permission.

Traffic commissioner (TC) for London and the South East, Nick Denton, also turned down Wise Skip Hire's request to increase its authorisation from two to four vehicles, for which it did not have the required financial standing.

The TC found the Edmonton-based company had gained an unfair advantage over its competitors by ignoring a warning from licencing staff not to run over its two-vehicle authorisation. A public inquiry in Eastbourne on 3 June heard that the company had operated the additional vehicle during March and April 2015.

Systems for managing drivers’ hours compliance were unsatisfactory, with one driver regularly driving for more than 4.5 hours without a break. There were also instances of drivers driving without a card, missing mileage from tachograph records, and a prohibition issued to a vehicle at annual test.

The TC said: “By ignoring this and going ahead with the operation of three vehicles, the operator  has  severely damaged the trust which I must be able to have that  it will manage its licence in a compliant way.”

It was the company’s second public inquiry in just over a year. A hearing in March 2014 saw it receive a warning for a number of vehicle safety issues.

The suspension comes into effect at 12.01am on Saturday (13 June) and will run until 12.01am on 16 June. Director Andrew Wise will also attend an operator licence management course by the end of September.