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Good Repute Regained after Serving 5 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs

This applicant, represented at Public Inquiry by barrister Harry Bowyer, was convicted in 2015, after a guilty plea on two counts of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs (Cocaine and Heroin). The sentence expired in 2019 as the had spent some time on remand. The two offences both counted as […]

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No Action taken at Preliminary Hearing and 25 Trailer Increase Granted.

This operator, represented by barrister Millicent Dooher, was called in to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner for a preliminary hearing to review the Company’s compliance and consider an increase in number of vehicles.  Issues were identified on MOT pass rates, change of personnel, short walk around checks and problems […]

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Operator Regains Good Repute after Serving 5 Years for GBH and False Imprisonment

This applicant, represented by barrister Harry Bowyer, was called into Public Inquiry when he applied for an operator’s licence. He had been called in as he had been convicted in 2007 of offences of GBH and false imprisonment for which he received 5 years imprisonment. These are classified as “serious” […]

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Restricted PSV Licence Granted at Preliminary Hearing after Concerns about “Main Occupation.”

This operator, represented by barrister Harry Bowyer, was a bathroom fitting company in a remote part of the UK. The father of the directors ran a seasonal business operating a short bus route for tourists which the directors wished to continue. The Central Licensing office was somewhat bemused as to […]

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New Operator’s Licence Granted to Operator with Recently Revoked Licence

Laura Newton acted for an Operator with a recently revoked Licence. An application was made for a new Operator’s Licence which was to be determined at Preliminary Hearing. With our help, the Operator was able to demonstrate that lessons had been learnt, repute was restored with the current management team […]

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“Uncooperative” Operator has no Action Taken Against them at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry

Transport solicitor Laura Newton represented an Operator applicant at Public Inquiry. The Operator had failed to provide adequate evidence of financial standing over a prolonged period of time, following an application for increase of authorisation and subsequent investigation. Despite the Traffic Commissioner finding that the Operator had been uncooperative during […]

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Operator Escapes with Curtailment of Margin Following Unsatisfactory Maintenance Assessment at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry

This operator, represented by barrister Millicent Dooher was called before the Traffic Commissioner following an unsatisfactory desk-based assessment. The major issues identified were relating to the Transport Manager and a complete lack of systems for record keeping and vehicle maintenance. After hearing that the systems had been completely overhauled by […]

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Licence Lending Operator Keeps Operator’s Licence

Transport solicitor Laura Newton represented an Operator who had been called to Public Inquiry regarding allegations of Licence lending and a poor maintenance history. Before the Traffic Commissioner, we were able to demonstrate that despite the failings, the Operator in questioned could still be trusted, and with an appropriate package […]

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Operator Allowed Increase in Vehicle Authorisation After DVSA Investigation Identifies Shortcomings

This operator, represented by Millicent Dooher, had been called into a Public Inquiry following a DVSA inspection identifying more than 100 instances of missing mileage. The Operator also wanted to almost double their vehicle authorisation. Following the written submissions and submissions at the Public Inquiry, the Traffic Commissioner accepted that […]

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Application For Operator’s Licence Granted in Belfast

The applicant in this case, represented at Public Inquiry by barrister Harry Bowyer, had a chequered history with the TRU. When he applied for this licence the TRU had concerns about this history and that of other members of the applicant’s family. The licence was granted, as applied for, when […]

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