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No licence for no licence

21st December 1985
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

ROAD HAULAGE Association objections have led a mingham haulier who ran for two years without an operator's licence to have his application for a licence refused by West Midland Licensing Authority,

John Thompson, trading AS J. T. Transport„mplied for a 110V natiOndi Ii ccii Ce for three vehicles and three trailers in possession. 'Irhe RHA opposed on the grounds of the illegal operation.

He admitted to LA Ronald .Jackson that lie had operated without d licence for two years, but said that none of the vehicles had been used for three mouths.

He now employs a professionally competent transport manager, Martin Wright. who will take over the running of the business.

He has an overdraft facility

of I.II Ii i. but agreed he had no evidence of that or iiiy other financial information with him.

Thompson said that he was originally a diesel titter and wits not aware of the 0licensing rules when he started his business. He had been convicted of operating without a licence and those convictions had been not to the LA.

Thompson said he had declared convictions at Fishguard for tachograph offences and for operating without a licence. He had also been convicted of similar offences at Bromsgrove about two years ago, but had not disclosed them AS he felt those At Fishguard were bad enough in themselves.

He had known that it was wrong to operate without a 11CCEICC two years ago.

Ile said that although he had broken the law, he was now trying to put the business on a proper basis. He had stopped running the vehicles for three months and had earned nothing.

Michael Carless, for the RUA. said that its main concern was the the LA should know that Thompson had been operating illegally for two years.

Jackson said "Ihompson had left it very late to close the stable door. He had known two years ago that operating without a licence was an offence yet he had continued to operate illegally.

In view of Thompson's past conduct, he was far from satisfied that he met either the requirement to be of good repute or that Thompson had the necessary financial reSon reeS.

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