Don't bounce a check on the TAO Mervyn Pugh
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• The worst thing any operator could do was to bounce a ctheque on the Traffic Area Office, said Western Traffic Commissioner John Mervyn Pugh, as he adjourned consideration of disciplinary action against Devon haulier Baker Transport Services.
The company, of Brandinch, near Exeter had been called before the commissioner because of the alleged use of an unauthorised operating centre. In adjourning the proceedings so an application about to be lodged to change the company's operating centre could be heard at the same time, Mervyn Pugh said that this did not
Pugh: BTS had a necessarily chequered history, mean there
would be revocation. He indicated that there would be a full financial investigation on the next occasion.
The commissioner said there was a chequered history. The duration of a licence held by Roy and Heather Baker was cut at a public inquiry in January 1994 because of the use of an unautho
rised operating centre, convictions and concern over maintenance. In April 1995 a licence application by the company was refused as required financial evidence was not submitted, Two further applications by the company were refused for the same reason before a fifth application resulted in a licence being granted for three years in August 1995. In February 1996 a variation application was received hut the cheque in payment of the licence fee bounced.
Paul Carless, for the company, said the reason for that was that two cheques from customers for several thousand pounds which had been paid into the company's bank account were dishonoured.