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Defunct PSV firm granted two HGVs

20th November 1997
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• A man whose holiday company collapsed amid claims that customers had paid for holidays they had not taken has been granted a licence for his new haulage company.

TSC (Barnsley) applied for a new national licence for four vehicles with operating centres at Sheffield and Wakefield.

North Eastern Traffic Commissioner Keith Waterworth accepted the surrender of the PSV Operator's Licence held personally by director Terry Shaw but adjourned consideration of what action to take against the licence of the liquidated Terry Shaw Coachways until he has had a report from the liquidator.

After Waterworth referred to a local newspaper report of a raid on TS Holidays' premises by

trading standards officers, Shaw said that the company had ceased trading but had not yet been placed in liquidation. Shaw agreed there were unhappy customers who said they had paid for holidays they had not taken. He claimed the refunds were delayed because Trading Standards had all the documents.

Agreeing with the TC that Trading Standards were no doubt looking to see if there had been fraudulent trading, Shaw said he did not feel he had anything to fear from them.

Questioned about the proposed haulage business, Shaw said he had a contract that would keep two vehicles busy; he wanted two vehicles in hand in case anything attractive came up. He planned to buy good quality trucks out of his personal capital.

Waterworth said he had been concerned about Shaw's financial resources, but Shaw had provided details of available capital. He was satisfied Shaw met the legal requirements relating to working capital. However, he was only prepared to grant a licence for two vehicles as he still had some concern about the liquidation of Terry Shaw Coachways.

The TC warned that he would have to consider anything that was drawn to his attention by Trading Standards or anyone else who was dissatisfied.