Second try successful
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• Greenwichbased Wilton Contracts (London) has obtained a licence at the second attempt. Last October South Eastern & Metropolitan Deputy Traffic Commissioner John Stevenson refused the company's application for three vehicles and one trailer, based at Dreadnought Wharf, Thames Street, Greenwich. It was denied on the grounds that Stevenson was not satisfied that it was of good repute and fit to hold an 0-licence (CM 15-21 October).
The Deputy TC reached that conclusion after deciding that Anthony McCarthy, the sole director, was not the person who actually ran the company. He suspected that it was a front for Eugene O'Rearden whose compa
ny JI3&M Motor Haulage, operating from the same base, had previously had its licence revoked. However, the Transport Tribunal directed that Wilton Contracts' application be reconsidered because Stevenson had taken account of information without giving the company notice of the matters to be raised.
Wilton Contracts subsequently sought a licence for seven vehicles and one trailer.
South Eastern & Metropolitan Traffic Commissioner Brigadier Michael Turner told an Eastbourne public inquiry that he wanted to investigate the company's financial standing and find out exactly who was in control.
McCarthy denied that he had any connection with JB&M Motor Haulage or that O'Rearden had any connection with Wilton Contracts He said neither he, Wilton Contracts, nor its transport manager Janet Verwyst, had been the subject of any prosecution. He had been connected with the transport business for about five years and Wilton Contracts had been established in March 1991 with an interim licence.
Financial evidence was heard in private.
Turner granted a licence for two years with the condition that audited financial statements were provided in October 1994 and 95.