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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 […]

New Operator’s Licence Granted to Operator with Recently Revoked Licence - May 2022

Laura Newton acted for an Operator with a recently revoked Licence. An application was made for a new Operator’s Licence which was to be determined at Preliminary Hearing. With our help, the Operator was able to demonstrate that lessons had been learnt, repute was restored with the current management team […]

“Uncooperative” Operator has no Action Taken Against them at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - May 2022

Transport solicitor Laura Newton represented an Operator applicant at Public Inquiry. The Operator had failed to provide adequate evidence of financial standing over a prolonged period of time, following an application for increase of authorisation and subsequent investigation. Despite the Traffic Commissioner finding that the Operator had been uncooperative during […]

Operator Escapes with Curtailment of Margin Following Unsatisfactory Maintenance Assessment at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - May 2022

This operator, represented by barrister Millicent Dooher was called before the Traffic Commissioner following an unsatisfactory desk-based assessment. The major issues identified were relating to the Transport Manager and a complete lack of systems for record keeping and vehicle maintenance. After hearing that the systems had been completely overhauled by […]

Starting Point of 6 month Suspension of Driver’s HGV Licence Reduced to 8 weeks Following Driving Without a Card on 6 Occasions. - April 2022

This Driver, represented by Millicent Dooher, barrister, was called before the Traffic Commissioner following 6 offences of driving without a card. On 4 occasions, the Driver had manually inputted ‘break’ over this driving time in an attempt to cover the offence. Millicent was able to present mitigation on the Driver’s […]

Licence Allowed to Continue Following Use of Unauthorised Operating Centre for over 2 Years. -

This operator was called before the Traffic Commissioner following a DVSA investigation where an unauthorised operating centre had been used for over 2 years. The Operator was represented at Public Inquiry by Millicent Dooher, barrister. The Operator contacted Smith Bowyer Clarke as soon as the DVSA had been in, SBC […]

Operator with Two Unsatisfactory Desk Based Assessments Escapes with Warning at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry - April 2022

This Operator, represented at Public Inquiry by barrister Harry Bowyer, incurred a desk based assessment as a result of a malicious and untrue report of a wheel loss. The Desk based assessment threw up a number of short falls as did the subsequent inspection. The operator contacted SBC when the […]

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