Absent company loses licence
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• A Lancashire company had its licence revoked when it failed to appear at a Manchester disciplinary inquiry. D W Briggs (Land Property) of Bury, hod been called before North Western Deputy Traffic Commissioner Mark Hinchlife because of concerns aver the company's maintenance standards, financial standing and a number of convictions.
When the company first came before the DC in June, the authorisation was cut from 10 to three vehicles and it was warned about maintenance.
Hinchliffe said that the company had been unable to produce the financial information required. Director David Briggs had told him this was because he was in dispute with the bank, but the information that was subsequently provided was not correct. Hinchliffe said the public expected Operator's Licence holders to have sufficient financial resources to maintain their vehicles properly. He directed that any application for a fresh licence be considered at a public inquiry and that no interim licence be granted unless there was satisfactory evidence that the vehicles applied tor could be kept in a fit and roadworthy condition.