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Double haulage disqualification follows raft of offences

  • 09 June 2014
  • By Roger Brown

West midlands traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Jones (pictured) has revoked the O-licences of two linked haulage firms and disqualified their bosses after the DVSA discovered driver offences and unlicensed operations.

A DVSA investigation discovered that driver daily and weekly rest offences at Wolverhampton-based Sukhi Transport had been hidden because employees had failed to record their duties properly.

The TC also heard the company could not account for over 8,000km of driver records and that one driver was working without the correct licence.

The DVSA additionally said driver records were not being downloaded and an unauthorised operating centre had been used by the business.

The enforcement agency also reported linked company GB Haulage, based in Bilston, for lending its licence to a business which was not authorised to run HGVs.

GB Haulage acknowledged the vehicle had been added to its licence but denied it was allowing someone else to run it.

ANPR records revealed the vehicle had been on the road throughout the country during some of the period when it was said to be parked up in Bilston.

Two of the firm’s drivers were also reported for not keeping records of their duties. During the inquiry, TC Jones heard evidence from Sukhwinder Singh Sandhu, who he concluded was a shadow director of Sukhi Transport.
The director of GB Haulage, Jarnail Bajwa, did not attend.

The TC found that Sukhwinder Singh Sandhu prioritised increasing work and the number of customers over complying with the law. One of the aggravating features was that he had attempted to mislead both the DVSA and TC Jones.

The TC disqualified him from being involved in the industry and revoked the firm’s licence with effect from 1 June. He also suspended the professional driving licence of Sukhwinder Singh Sandhu for one month from the same date, following a review of his fitness to drive HGVs. This included a report that he had used a mobile phone while driving.

The licence held by GB Haulage was revoked with immediate effect and Jarnail Bajwa was also disqualified.
TC Jones also made orders against other individuals involved in the businesses, including transport manager of both companies Chandra Pokhriyal.

The TC said he had “lamentably failed” to exercise the proper responsibilities of his role, resulting in the numerous failings identified. He was also disqualified from working in this role.

In an associated decision, TC Jones made an order to revoke the licence held by CG Cargo on 1 June. Sukhwinder Singh Sandhu was listed as the sole director of this business.

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