Bradford HGV operator has licence revoked

Bradford HGV operator has licence revoked

A BRADFORD lorry operator has had his licence revoked.

The Traffic Commissioner ruled that Mohammed Khalil, who is a director of Kays Commercial Vehicle Services, of Lower Globe Street, had breached its conditions.

Traffic Commissioner Tim Blackmore ruled: “The licence is curtailed from 5 to 3 vehicles indefinitely with immediate effect. The licence will subsequently be revoked from 13 May 2020, as the wrong entity is operating the licence.

“Ms Julie Hanson, transport manager, receives a formal warning for failing to deliver continuous and effective management of the transport operation. Her good repute is seriously tarnished, but not lost.”

The operator had had their licence curtailed at a public inquiry in 2018 for various failings. The Office of the Traffic Commissioner said they had a high prohibition rate, regularly exceeded PMI interval guidelines, had inadequate safety inspection documentation, did not appear to be carrying out brake testing, had ineffective driver defect reporting systems and had a MOT failure rate significantly above the national average.

The OTC said when called to public inquiry almost two years later, they appeared to have done little to rectify these shortcomings. It said it also emerged that the operator was being run through a different limited company. The Traffic Commissioner considered, therefore, that the licence was being run through the wrong entity.

At a public inquiry on February 13, Mr Blackmore curtailed the licence with immediate effect and revoked the licence as of May 13. This delay was to give them time to submit a fresh application using the correct entity.

The operator was granted a further extension to their licence until June 10. By June 17, however, their fresh application was not close to completion and the Traffic Commissioner took the decision to revoke the licence on that date.