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Offal spillage haulier has O-licences revoked

  • 11 March 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Senior traffic commissioner (TC) Beverley Bell (pictured) has revoked the O-licences of animal waste spillage haulier the Leo Group of Companies, but granted its successor an interim licence that is subject to strict conditions.

Following a public inquiry in February in Leeds, Bell took away the licences of existing firms in the group from 30 April (Envirowaste Services, Leo Sawrij, Omega Proteins, Robinson Mitchell, and Alba Proteins), which had a combined authorisation of 74 vehicles and 71 trailers.

Bell also imposed disqualification orders on the operators for an indefinite period.

In October 2011, Alba Transport – which was part of the Leo Group of Companies, but then subsequently liquidated and disolved – was fined £32,000 after trucks operated by the firm spilt poultry offal on to roads, breaching health and safety regulations.

Eyewitnesses said that on various occasions around the Bradford area in 2009, skip lorries collecting waste from restaurants in the city had spilled chicken offal on roads. One pile of intestines was seen on a pavement near a school and on another occasion a motorcyclist skidded on the offal.

In May 2013, the Leo Group of Companies director Danny Sawrij was fined £300,000 plus £85,100 costs by Kirklees Magistrates’ Court after he was found guilty of failing to ensure that his lorry drivers had properly logged their hours.

However, at the latest hearing Bell granted Haulage Holdings Organisation, which is trading as the Leo Group, interim authorisation in the North East and North West traffic areas for 74 vehicles and 71 trailers for six months.

The ruling includes undertakings that Sawrij not be involved in the day-to-day running of the firm and that 100% of tachographs have to be analysed by a recognised third-party provider.

After five months, the DVSA (formerly Vosa and the DSA) will make a decision on whether a maintenance investigation will need to take place.

Bell said: “If the company does comply with its obligations, it will have nothing to fear from me. If it does not, it will incur my full wrath.”

Alba Transport of Halifax is not to be confused with Alba Transport in Tonbridge, Kent.


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