R Keith Price Haulage adds a Renault mixer to its fleet

R Keith Price Haulage has taken delivery of its first Renault, a Range C380 6x4 with Day Cab and 7m McPhee mixer drum.

The North Powys-based family-run firm had previously run DAFs, but Keith Price made the move to Renault after an online conversation with Stephen Whitehead, MD of Border Trucks, some 200 miles away.

“I’d been following and admiring the vehicles on Border Trucks’ Facebook page and saw other people buying them and I was impressed,” said owner driver Keith Price. “I started chatting with Stephen and he was extremely responsive to queries and ultimately helped to arrange everything, including the finance package. From the first enquiry through to the delivery of the vehicle, Border Trucks made the process flawless.”

The truck, which joins two other mixers working with TG Concrete, part of the Tudor Griffiths Group, is being used to move concrete to builders, construction sites and farms across Mid and West Wales. It has been well spec’d, and features include light bars, reversing camera and LED reversing lights, four-point cab air suspension with ride-height control system, and air conditioning.

It was supplied on a five-year, 50,000km per annum R&M contract, and will be maintained by Perry’s of Gobowen.

Lies prompt collapse of scaffolding firm

A Kent scaffolding firm whose operator lied to a deputy traffic commissioner about the use of one of its lorries has had its licence revoked. A1 Scaffolding, which traded out of an operating centre in Sandwich, appeared before deputy TC John Baker following an investigation that uncovered various failings.

The investigation was prompted by the operator’s application to increase the number of authorised vehicles, but the DVSA’s subsequent report found a lack of PMI records and inadequate driver daily walk round systems; a lack of systems for downloading driver or vehicle unit records; no disciplinary procedures and a failure by drivers to use their cards.

One vehicle was not specified on the operator’s licence until 10 months later and when this was queried at the PI, A1 Scaffolding director Farzad Takalobighashi claimed this was because it had been in the possession of a person called Kenny Coles who wanted to buy it.

It was only after DTC Baker reminded the director that it was better to be honest and tell the truth that Takalobighashi changed his story and admitted he had been using the vehicle during the whole period it had not been specified on the licence.

In a written decision, the DTC said he could not trust the operator and, as well as the revocation, he also disqualified the director for a year.