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Operator with Restricted Licence Survives Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - December 2019

The Operator in this matter, represented at Public Inquiry by Harry Bowyer, approached SBC after an unsatisfactory Vehicle Examiner’s visit. The report that followed identified issues with record keeping, use of an unauthorised operating centre, unsatisfactory driver defect reporting, irregular maintenance inspections and failure to report significant changes to the […]

Haulage Company, Dating back to the mid 19th Century, Keeps Licence at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - November 2019

This family business that started in the age of the horse and cart, represented at Public Inquiry by Harry Bowyer,  allowed their compliance to slip and failed to tell the Office of the Traffic Commissioner of material changes to their licence. They contacted SBC who put them in touch with […]

£30,000 of Clandestine Entrants Civil Penalties Cancelled - November 2019

Lisa Lyden-Cowen submitted written submissions against the issue of civil penalties for immigrants for this Romanian client, which caused the penalties to be cancelled completely. Yet another example of how well constructed and presented arguments can succeed in having these, sometimes huge, penalties cancelled.

£20,000 of Low Emission Zone Penalties Cancelled on Appeal - November 2019

Our European client, represented by Simon Clarke, had been hit with Low Emission Zone penalties over a 6-month period last year. Simon represented the client before the London Tribunal and obtained the cancellation of every single penalty.  Transport For London did not oppose the appeal.

Three Month Old Licence Called in to Public Inquiry Owing to Card Pulling Drivers - November 2019

This holder of a restricted licence, represented at Public Inquiry by Harry Bowyer, was called in three months into his operating history. He had outsourced his tachograph analysis to a company that failed to provide him with any infringement reports. This was unfortunate as his drivers began to pull their […]

Transport Manager Woes Lead to Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - November 2019

The Operator in this matter was worried about his Transport Manager’s ability. He, very sensibly, commissioned an audit which showed that the Transport Manager, who was operating under Grandfather rights, was far from competent. The replacement turned out to be not much better and was sacked. During this unhappy period […]

Licence Retained After “Compliance Fell off a Cliff.” - October 2019

This Operator was called into his second Public Inquiry in 5 years. He was represented by Harry Bowyer at both Public Inquiries. After surviving the first Public inquiry the Operator, who had a restricted licence, was under the care of a first rate transport consultant who oversaw the transport team […]

Both Licences Saved After Two Companies Operate for a Year without a Transport Manager After Death of Transport Manager - October 2019

In this case two brothers, each of whom had an operator’s licence and each represented by Harry Bowyer, continued to operate after their father, who was also their transport manager, died. Neither notified the Office of the Traffic Commissioner of the death of the Transport Manager and neither applied for […]

Operator with a 49% Overload Survives Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - October 2019

The operator in this case, represented at Public Inquiry by Harry Bowyer, operated both HGVs and a fleet of vans. One of the vans was stopped en route to Scotland groaning under a load that was 49% in excess of what it should have been – a most serious infringement! […]

Operator with Poor Maintenance Record and Poor Document Retention Keeps Licence at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry. - October 2019

The Operator in this matter, represented by Barrister Harry Bowyer, brought themselves to the attention of the Office of the Traffic Commissioner by a flurry of prohibitions including an impressive “S” marked prohibition for a completely bald tyre with the cords exposed. The resulting Traffic Examiner’s Operator Report (TEOR – […]

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