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Metals firm loses vehicles licence

A scrap company has lost its transport licence because of a catalogue of failings including using more vehicles than was permitted and not putting them through required safety checks.

The Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones, revoked the licence held by Crofty Point Metals and disqualified the firm and director Cameron Collis for two years.

The hearing was told the company had had untaxed vehicles seized by the authorities.

Jones also banned Robert Collis, who was found to have concealed his involvement in the firm, for three years, saying that he ran vehicles in an illegal manner and caused significant road safety concern.

The industry regulator ruled that Robert Collis had been acting as a shadow director of the firm and another director, Ainsley Collis, was disqualified for one year.

A public inquiry was held earlier in the year but the findings were delayed for legal reasons.

In a written decision, Jones said: “These failures are rendered even more serious as a result of the fact that there has been a fronting exercise, an endeavour to deceive me and keep the controlling mind of the entity holding the operator’s licence away from the scrutiny of a traffic commissioner.”

Collis claimed that, after his licence was revoked in May 2014, a transport consultant had told him that using his son was the quickest way to get a new licence. Jones did not accept Collis’ excuse.

The inquiry also heard about the use of a transit van by the business. Vehicle examiners and the South Wales Police Commercial Vehicle Unit carried out checks on the vehicle and driver.

The van had a number of defects, including two tyres worn beyond the legal limit. Police checks revealed that the driver, Cameron Collis, was not insured to drive the van.

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