A licence application by Metro Concrete Limited was refused by the traffic commissioner after director of aggregate supplier said he would rather take the risk of operating illegally than wait until his application was granted and run his business into the ground.
Traffic commissioner Nick Denton concluded there was compelling evidence to suggest vehicles had been operated illegally while the Silvertown-based firm’s application for an operator’s licence was under consideration.
Director Philip Fitzsimmons was told explicitly by a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiner on 4th April 2016 that the company was operating a vehicle without the required licence; 11 days later, another vehicle being operated by Metro Concrete was stopped by the police.
Tachograph data and a driver defect report obtained from one of the firm’s vehicles revealed that a vehicle was also operated on at least seven days in March 2016. Additionally, the vehicle was displaying a disc for another operator’s licence which had been revoked in February 2016.
As part of its application correspondence, the business had been warned by the Central Licensing Office that it could not operate vehicles until the application had been granted.
Following a public inquiry earlier this month, which the company did not attend, Mr Denton said: “Because of this persistent illegal operation, in the face of both the written warnings and a verbal intervention by a traffic examiner, I find the applicant is not fit to hold a licence.”