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Licence Accidentally Terminated; Interim Granted within 2-Hours - April 2019

This Operator, a Multiple Licence Holder, failed to renew his biggest licence at the 5-years interval thereby causing immediate termination. His fleet was off the road. Simon Clarke was instructed to seek a solution to this very serious and economically catastrophic situation. Simon was able to launch an appeal against […]

Substantial Reduction in Civil Penalties for European Operator - April 2019

This Romanian Operator, represented by Simon Clarke, was the subject of 16 Civil Penalties for Clandestine Entrants found in their trucks at Calais and Coquelles. The Penalties totalled some £68,000. Unfortunately the haulier had collected the penalty notices over time without responding (the circular filing cabinet??), resulting in the loss […]

Failure to Supervise Incompetent Transport Manager Nearly Leads to Loss of Licence at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - April 2019

This Operator was called into a Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry owing to a string of prohibitions and an unsatisfactory DVSA visit which indicated a poor maintenance regime and a slovenly attitude to daily defect inspections. At Public Inquiry the Operator was represented by Barrister Harry Bowyer. Whilst it was quite […]

Slapdash Application for Operators Licence Leads to Preliminary Hearing – Licence Granted as Applied for Subject to Undertakings - April 2019

Martin Smith, specialist Transport Law solicitor, represented an applicant for a Standard National Goods Vehicle Operator’s Licence at a Preliminary Hearing. The application, signed by a director, did not contain the details of all of the directors or refer to all of the previous Operator’s Licences held by the group […]

Dishonest Transport Manager Failed to Disclose History to Operator or The Office of The Traffic Commissioner – Operator Keeps Licence at Public Inquiry - April 2019

Specialist Transport Solicitor, Martin Smith, represented an applicant for a Standard International Operator’s Licence at a Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry. The proposed Nominated Transport Manager had been less than honest about his previous history – he had failed to declare that he had previously held an Operator’s Licence which had […]

Licence Granted as Applied for at Preliminary Hearing - April 2019

This Operator, who had been granted an interim licence, was called in to a Preliminary Hearing to discuss their Financial Standing. The Operator, represented by Barrister Harry Bowyer, was able to show sufficient Financial Standing in a form acceptable to the Traffic Commissioner and the Licence was granted as applied […]

Fraudulent Driver with Two driver Cards Narrowly Avoids Immediate Custodial Sentence - March 2019

This driver, represented in the Crown Court by specialist road transport Barrister Helen Newbold, had managed to obtain two driver cards which he used a number of times over a 6 month period in order to avoid unnecessary tramping. The seriousness of the offences saw him being sent to the […]

Driver Conduct Hearing: Driver has both HGV and PSV Licences Returned after Disqualification - March 2019

Helen Newbold, specialist road transport barrister, represented this driver who was facing a driver conduct hearing to regain his vocational licences for both HGV’s and PSV’s after a disqualification of his private driving licence. With a new position of professional driving work having been offered it was critical that this […]

Driver Conduct Hearing: Vocational Licence to be returned following offences of failing to provide a specimen of breath, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance. - March 2018

Martin Smith represented at a Traffic Commissioner’s Driver Conduct Hearing a driver who had been disqualified from driving by a Magistrates Court for an offence of failing to provide a sample of breath. The case was complicated as police officers parked near to the driver’s house had seen him driving […]

Was This a Case of a Faulty Speed Camera or Human Error? - March 2019

Specialist Transport Solicitor Martin Smith was instructed by the driver of a large goods vehicle who faced a serious allegation of speeding. A Safer Roads Enforcement Officer had examined photographic evidence and alleged that the large goods vehicle had been driven at a speed of 67 mph in a 40 […]

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