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Revocation for haulier who lent O-licence to stepson

  • 15 January 2013
  • By Roger Brown

Nick Denton, traffic commissioner (TC) for London and the South East has revoked the O-licence of a Queenborough-based haulier who ceased trading but allowed his stepson to continue to use it.

At a December public inquiry in Eastbourne, the TC was told how John Negus stopped working at haulage business JN Clearance in December 2011 but handed over the O-licence to Darren Harrison to allow existing contracts to continue.

During the hearing, it was revealed that Negus was unable to provide to Vosa any records of routine safety inspections for the vehicle his stepson was operating.

He also did not have a system in place for planning these mandatory inspections in advance.

In addition, daily defect checks carried out on vehicles had not been recorded in writing, while the number of vehicles that failed their annual test was higher than the national average.

A safety critical prohibition had also been issued to a vehicle with an underinflated tyre, operated under the licence held by Negus.

At the inquiry Denton considered a fresh sole trader licence application from Harrison, trading as JN Clearance.

However, the TC told Harrison he must attend an O-licence course and present evidence at a further hearing on how he intends to manage the licence before he reaches his final decision.

If Harrison fails to satisfy the TC that he has attended the stipulated course by 11 February 2013, his application will be refused without a hearing.


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