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Archive: Public Inquiries

Phoenix and Fronting Issues Dealt with at Traffic Commissioner’s Virtual Public Inquiry

At this Virtual Public Inquiry the Operator was represented by barrister Harry Bowyer. The issues revolved around a previous Operator Licence holding company that had recently gone into liquidation. The director of the applicant company had also been a director of the defunct company but had failed to mention it […]

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Virtual Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry. Operator’s Truck has no MOT for 9 months. Keeps licence.

This operator, represented at a Virtual Public Inquiry by Harry Bowyer, was called into a Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry owing to failures in their maintenance regime including running a truck for 9 months without and MOT (result of over reliance on maintenance provider). They also fell short on their drivers’ […]

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SBC Conduct First-Ever Virtual Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry

 Simon Clarke acted for the Applicant in the first-ever virtual Public Inquiry, held this morning over MS Teams conferencing technology. Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney (West of England) presided over the application for a Standard International Licence, with documents forwarded by email for consideration at the PI. All participants joined the […]

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Operator at Risk of Revocation – Restricted Licence Surrendered and Standard National Licence Granted

Helen Newbold, barrister, represented this coach company at Public Inquiry after they were called in for failing to meet the undertakings and standard requirements on a restricted licence. The operator had been unable to demonstrate the main occupation requirements for a significant period of time and failed to notify the […]

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Licence Granted As Applied for Despite Concerns about Fronting

This applicant, represented by barrister Harry Bowyer, was the wife of a director of a family firm that had gone crashing into liquidation with massive debts. She had seen that a portion of the business was still extremely profitable and bought some of the assets from the Administrator.  She answered […]

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Licence Granted at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry Despite Previous Revocation.

Laura Newton, transport solicitor, represented an Operator at Public Inquiry relating to a new application for a Goods Vehicle Operator’s Licence. The Operator had previously held an Operator’s licence where there was a failure to notify changes in management and ultimately a revocation for a number of breaches of undertakings. […]

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Financial Standing Problems Lead to Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry

A horrible falling out between two directors led to a situation where one of the directors left the company but refused to give up his directorship. The remaining director did not dare correct a financial standing shortfall as he feared that the money would be immediately withdrawn as both directors […]

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Restricted Licence Allowed to Continue after Public Inquiry Despite Regulatory Failings

The Operator in this case, represented at Public Inquiry by barrister Harry Bowyer, had a disastrous TEOR where it was discovered that he had not been keeping to the scheduled maintenance inspection period, had not been analysing his drivers’ hours, had MOT failures (and a prohibition issued at the DVSA […]

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Red Light Fails to Stop Coach Driver’s Career.

Martin Smith, specialist road transport lawyer, attended a driver conduct hearing before a Traffic Commissioner in order to represent a bus driver who had driven a coach through a red traffic light and had crashed into a central reservation. A number of passengers had been on board and the driver […]

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Operator Keeps Licence Despite Alleged International Licence Lending       

This operator, represented by Barrister Helen Newbold, was called in front of the Traffic Commissioner after his vehicles were observed on the internet advertising another company’s international car transporting business. The Traffic Commissioner was concerned that the operator’s licence was being lent. Helen took the operator through the details of […]

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