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Ignoring undertakings costs firm dear

2nd October 2008, Page 27
2nd October 2008
Page 27
Page 27, 2nd October 2008 — Ignoring undertakings costs firm dear
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A HAULIER that had its licence revoked after failing to provide financial information to a public inquiry has lost its appeal to the Transport Tribunal.

Pickering-based David Henry Hunter & Partners held a licence for three vehicles and four trailers.

In September 2007, the Traffic Area Office wrote to the company asking for comments about outstanding County Court Judgements and for three months' bank statements, as well as details and information about any overdraft facilities.

No reply was received, and the firm was called to a public inquiry before the North Eastern Traffic Commissioner Tom Macartney. The TC was informed that the company's bank was prepared to grant a loan that would enable the balance of the County Court Judgements to be paid.

The TC decided to take no action against the company after receiving reassurances and undertakings that evidence of an adequate overdraft facility and that the County Court Judgements had been paid off would be provided within 30 days.

The evidence, however, was not forthcoming, and the licence was revoked as a result.

Before the Tribunal, David Hunter said that the paperwork had not arrived quickly enough, but that it was now available.

The Tribunal said that it was apparent that Hunter had not pressed the bank to act more quickly, nor had he explained the difficult situation to the Traffic Area Office.

Instead, he had allowed the matter to "go to sleep", and the result was that the deadline passed with no action being taken.

The Tribunal was unable to take into account a majority of the information provided from the bank because it had come into existence after the licence had been revoked.

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