A recycling business in London has been banned from running vehicles for five years, with the regional traffic commissioner accusing the owners of dishonesty and negligence.
Jamie Adamberry and Kellie Adamberry, who traded as Talking Rubbish, also had their operating licence revoked by the regulator, Nick Denton, following a public inquiry.
Investigations into the firm’s vehicle operations revealed:
- Jamie Adamberry had driven an HGV without the correct licence and did not hold the mandatory driver qualification
- a vehicle operated by the business was found to be 24% overweight
- Jamie Adamberry was convicted for the above offences but failed to report them to the commissioner, as legally required
- the business operated more vehicles than it was allowed to
- vehicle licence discs issued to other operators were used illegally
- the business failed to provide records relating to vehicles and driving duties
Jamie Adamberry had previously had a licence suspended and curtailed, and another revoked.
In a written decision after the inquiry – at which Jamie did not appear – Denton said he had a “long record of broken promises regarding better performance”.
“He has been given many chances to run a compliant operation, instead of which he has consistently failed to make any meaningful improvement at all, and in many respects has got worse,” he added.
Denton said Kellie Adamberry was not directly culpable for the offences but had been negligent in her management of the operator’s licence, allowing Jamie to drive when not entitled to, taking no action to prevent the illegal operation of extra vehicles and making no effort to ensure drivers’ hours rules were observed.
“She has completely failed to exercise any of her responsibilities as an operator. I conclude that there is no place in the industry for her.”
The commissioner also revoked an operator’s licence held by Brentford Commercials and disqualified the firm’s director, Matthew Walsh, for three years.
He concluded that the company had, in effect, lent its operator’s licence to the Adamberrys to allow them to run more vehicles than authorised by their own licence.