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Operator Operating HGVs with no Operator’s Licence Since 2019 – Licence Granted as Applied for - January 2022

The operator in this case, represented at Public Inquiry by barrister Harry Bowyer, was operating HGVs from 2019 until he became aware that he needed an operator’s licence. The reality of the situation was that with a very few tweaks he could have fitted himself within a couple of the […]

Operator is Granted New Licence at Traffic Commissioner’s Despite Previous History of Non Compliance - December 2021

Barrister Helen Newbold represented this operator who had made an application for a new licence 3 years after the incorporation and commencement of his new company. Having held a sole trader licence for 20 years this operator was unable to show that he had any maintenance records for his vehicle, […]

Application for Operator’s Licence Granted as Applied for at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - December 2021

The Applicant in this case, represented at Public Inquiry by barrister Harry Bowyer, had their application called in to Public Inquiry. The Traffic Commissioner was concerned about a previous application made by a different company that the applicant director was also a director of. The previous application was rejected as […]

Application for Licence Called into Public Inquiry by Traffic Commissioner over Concerns about Applicant’s Licensing History – Granted as Applied for. - December 2021

This applicant, represented at Public Inquiry by barrister Harry Bowyer, was called into Public Inquiry as a result of their previous licensing history which involved previous applications for licences which were granted but no vehicles being run on them. After hearing from the applicant the Traffic Commissioner granted the application […]

Operator is Granted New Licence Following History of Non Compliance on the Old. - December 2021

Barrister Helen Newbold represented this operator who had made an application for a new licence 3 years after the incorporation and commencement of his new company. Having held a sole trader licence for 20 years this operator was unable to show that he had proper and sufficient maintenance records for […]

Driver facing 6 Offences of card pulling receives short 5 week suspension - November 2021

This driver, represented by barrister Helen Newbold, was called in front of the Traffic Commissioner after the DVSA had found 6 instances of removing a driver card for the purposes of creating a false record. The Traffic Commissioners statutory guidelines state that the starting point for each offence is a […]

Driver Convicted of Being  Drunk in Charge of Vehicle Retains his Vocational Licence with a Formal Warning at Driver Conduct Hearing - November 2021

Barrister, Helen Newbold, represented this driver who was appearing before the traffic commissioner having been convicted of being in charge of a motor vehicle while his alcohol level was over the legal limit. After his conviction in the magistrates’ court of excess alcohol whilst in the driver’s seat of his […]

Civil Penalties Reduced by £9000 and Costs Awarded in Full - November 2021

Millicent Dooher, barrister, represented this European Haulier at the Civil Penalty Appeal hearing before the Circuit bench. Having had 9 clandestine entrants found within the vehicle by Border Force, penalties totalling almost £20,000 were levied against the Company and Driver. Both Company and Driver appealed on the level of these […]

Company with 41.83% overload escapes with a £1500 fine - November 2021

This company, represented at the Magistrates court by barrister, Millicent Dooher, had been stopped by the DVSA and found to have a 30.86% overload on the vehicle and 41.83% overload on the second axel. The sentence for an overload is a level 5 fine (unlimited). The fine is calculated for […]

Formal Warning at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry for Lack of Drivers Hours Analysis and Driving Outwith Licence Categories - November 2021

This operator, represented by Barrister Helen Newbold, was called into public inquiry following a vehicle stop where a driver was found not to hold the correct driving licence categories to drive his vehicle and trailer combination; further there were no lights, brakes or indicators working on the trailer. A follow […]

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