Scottish operator banned for bypassing licence regs15 May 2018

Newmachar-based Allen Transport has been banned from running vehicles for two years, after using vehicles from its English base to work on a contract for the Aberdeen bypass.

Scotland’s traffic commissioner Joan Aitken made the ruling – which takes effect from 30 May – after a public inquiry in Edinburgh. She also disqualified director Daniel Allen for two years, as well as making a separate order to prevent him from acting as a transport manager.

Under licensing laws, vehicles added to a transport licence have to be kept at the premises approved on that licence and should return to that site when not in use.

Allen Transport began work on the Aberdeen bypass in April 2015 and subsequently took on additional duties. It used its transport licence in London, moving those vehicles up to Scotland. As the vehicles did not return to the authorised base in London, this was in breach of the London transport licence.

Having heard evidence, the regulator concluded that Daniel Allen was responsible for the deployment of vehicles to Aberdeenshire.

“This was not incidental behaviour, or the ignorant act of say a traffic controller lower in the management chain of responsibility, but the act of the director transport manager,” said Aitken, adding that it was “an irresistible temptation” for Allen.

Laura Cork

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