Referred back to LA
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A DARLINGTON haulier who turned up late to a public inquiry has had his case sent back to the North Eastern Licensing Authority for further consideration.
Transport Tribunal president Judge lnskip warned John Troup last week that it was "imperative" that he arrived on time at the next public inquiry. Until the LA had fully determined the matter, the licence would continue, he said.
Judge lnskip also directed that Mr Troup should complete a new form telling the LA of his company's new operating centre and deliver bank statements from September 1983 to date within 14 days.
At the public inquiry last November, the Deputy Licensing Authority, Norman Moody, refused Mr Troup's standard national operator's licence in his absence.
Mr Moody said that Mr Troup had already stated that he had moved to a new operating centre, but had failed to put in a new application as required, and had failed to produce bank statements.
But at the Tribunal, John Troup's father and transport manager, William Troup, said: "The decision of the LA was a dishonesty, and I make no apology for that statement."
Mr William Troup argued that he had produced the bank statements, and informed the LA of the new operating centre address. The LA knew of the new address because examiners had been to inspect the vehicles, he said.
He said that they had phoned to say that they would be 10 minutes late, and had been told not to worry. They had then arrived at the correct room, but there was no sign of the proceedings. When the new room was found, they were told that the public inquiry had ended, he claimed.