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Border Force Cancel Penalty for Clandestine Entrants on Appeal to County Court - June 2022

A European haulier facing liability for a civil penalty which had been reduced following a successful appeal to Border Force appealed to the County Court on the basis they had an effective system in place and the level of the penalty was still too high. SBC lodged an appeal with […]

Haulier Penalty Reduced by 45% and Driver Penalty Reduced by 95% after Written Representations by SBC - June 2022

A European haulier facing liability for a civil penalty and also joint and several liability for their driver’s penalty following the discovery of clandestine entrants in one of their vehicle has a successful outcome following an to appeal to Border Force. Lisa Lyden-Cowan provided written representations to Border Force by […]

Good Repute Regained after Serving 5 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs - June 2022

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 […]

Border Force Cancel Operator’s Penalty and Reduce Driver’s Penalty by 95% for Clandestine Entrants - June 2022

A European haulier facing liability for a civil penalty and also joint and several liability for their driver’s penalty following the discovery of clandestine entrants in one of their vehicles has a successful outcome following an to appeal to Border Force. Lisa Lyden-Cowan provided written representations to Border Force by […]

Civil Penalties For Clandestine Entrants Cancelled after Written Representations by SBC - June 2022

An international haulier facing liability for a civil penalty and also joint and several liability for their driver’s penalty following the discovery of clandestine entrants in one of their vehicles has a successful outcome following an appeal to Border Force. Lisa Lyden-Cowan provided written representations to Border Force by way […]

County Court Judge Agrees that Owner/Driver Should not Pay Penalties Both As Operator and Driver Caught with Clandestine Entrants. - June 2022

An owner/driver haulier received two penalties following the discovery of clandestine entrants in their truck.  Border Force decided that the haulier should be penalised both as a driver and as an owner.  SBC were instructed to appeal against the double-imposition on the basis that, whilst the law allowed it, as […]

Civil Penalty Reduced by over £10,000.00 on Financial Representations. - June 2022

Millicent Dooher, barrister, made written representations on a financial basis for this European haulier and driver following the discovery of a number of clandestine entrants in the vehicle trailer. The Company did not meet the statutory defence, however neither the Company nor the Driver could afford to pay the penalties […]

No Action taken at Preliminary Hearing and 25 Trailer Increase Granted. - June 2022

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 […]

Operator Regains Good Repute after Serving 5 Years for GBH and False Imprisonment - June 2022

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” […]

Restricted PSV Licence Granted at Preliminary Hearing after Concerns about “Main Occupation.” - June 2022

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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