O-licence lost for communication and compliance failures

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A Welsh operator with a history of poor compliance has had its O-licence revoked after failing to reply to correspondence from the traffic commissioner’s office.

Despite EJ Lewis & Sons eventually emailing TC Nick Jones’ office to inform him that it had ceased trading and intended to surrender its O-licence, the TC decided revocation was necessary as its failure to correspond was “unacceptable”.

In a written decision, Jones said the company had appeared at a PI in 2013 due to maintenance concerns and then again in August 2018 because of maintenance and drivers’ hours concerns.

After the second PI the number of discs authorised on the Clynderwen O-licence was reduced to two, its repute was gauged to have been tarnished and there was also an undertaking that the mechanic employed by the company would attend a course to improve his skills.

When EJ Lewis failed to provide evidence of the mechanic having taken the course, ‘propose to revoke’ letters were issued.

The operator responded claiming it no longer used its own mechanic and had instead contracted out the maintenance.

However, it had failed to notify the TC of this change.

It later contacted the TC’s office saying the operator intended to sell the business and was therefore wanted to surrender the O-licence.

In his decision, TC Jones said: “This is an operator that does not have a good compliant history and despite repute being tarnished a year ago, it has failed in its responsibilities.”

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