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David Irlam calls off return to haulage industry

  • 18 June 2013
  • By Christopher Walton

David Irlam said he had “shelved” plans to return to haulage after setting up a new company called Red

David and Michael Irlam had applied for a standard international licence authorising six vehicles and 10 trailers out of an operating centre on Kell Green Farm in Knutsford, Cheshire.

The firm was incorporated in September 2012, but the O-licence application was refused in March. Irlam said the decision to pull out had nothing to do with the refusal.

“We just felt, do we want to go back in or not? Probably not, at the moment,” he said.

“We did a lot of homework and felt it wasn’t the right time. We will carry on with what we do. We’ve got a lot of farm land and lots of property,” he added.

He said he never looked into why the application was refused.

A spokesman for the office of the traffic commissioner told CM that the application was refused on the grounds of the firm not meeting Section 11 of the Goods Vehicles (Licencing of Operators) Act 1995, regarding the placement of an appropriate advert prior to the application.

“This is a technical refusal,” said the spokesman, “and does not have anything to do with the good repute or financial standing of the individuals.”

The Irlams built up James Irlam Sons, which later traded as James Irlam Logistics, before it was acquired by the Stobart Group in 2008 for almost £60m.

  • Pick up this week’s Commercial Motor (20 June) for the latest on Stobart Group, including exclusive research and an interview with Andrew Tinkler on a turbulent few months.


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