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Fake bank statements end in O-licence refusal

  • 01 July 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Traffic commissioner (TC) for Scotland Joan Aitken (pictured) has refused a would-be haulier an O-licence after he produced false bank statements in an attempt to meet the financial standing requirements.

In a written decision after a public inquiry in Edinburgh in June, the TC refused the application by Roman Moss, trading as RM Haulage, to operate one vehicle from Balgornie Farm, Bathgate, ruling that he had tried to obtain the licence by deception.

At the inquiry Moss told the TC he had changed the layout and entries on bank statements to support his application. The statements had been manipulated to show bigger balances.

Moss added that all but one of the entries had been genuine, and that he hoped Aitken’s office would not notice the amendments.

He said the money he was required to show – £7,200 for the first vehicle – had initially been available.

However, on buying the truck, he discovered it needed a new gearbox at a cost of £2,500, which had left him panicked about not having enough finance for the business, leading to the deception.

Aitken said: “I am the gatekeeper to the goods vehicle industry, and I cannot admit to that industry someone who has produced false bank statements to my office for the purposes of obtaining a licence.

“Any licence so granted would have been obtained by dishonesty and falsehood.” She added: “Fortunately it was spotted and I can halt his entry.

“There has to be trust between operator and a TC and I cannot trust someone who would deceive me thus.”


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