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Regulator bans operator from haulage industry

A skip operator has effectively been barred from the haulage industry after losing his licence to run HGVs for three years and being stripped of his qualification as a transport manager.

Scotland’s traffic commissioner Joan Aitken imposed the ban on William Meikle of Carnwath, Lanark, with effect from 8 January after a hearing in December.

Aitken said Meikle had to be prevented from operating goods vehicles because he had allowed his fleet to be used for a period of years by another business which did not have a licence.

“In bluntest terms, Mr Meikle has given the shelter of his licence and the discs to unlicensed persons. He has undermined the trust placed in him by the operator licensing system. He has grossly offended against fair competition,” she remarked in her written decision.

“I also take as a negative that Mr Meikle is not new to goods vehicle licensing – he has been at it a long time and knows what is required. He is not an innocent, not some naive arrival on the scene.”

Aitken added it was striking that there had been no behavioural change at Miekle’s business after investigators from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency identified issues with the operation of vehicles. But she said the three-year licence revocation ban would have been longer had he not co-operated with her own hearing.

She said Meikle had “forfeited the privilege” of being a haulier.

“While I think the problem is one of attitude, I also think it is one of knowledge and understanding of what is required of a modern transport manager. Thus I consider that a rehabilitation measure required of him will be for him to re-qualify as a transport manager by sitting and passing the transport manager certificate of professional competence.”

In February 2015, Meikle was fined £15,000 for keeping waste on his site at Bankwood farm in Carnwath without the required licences or exemptions.

He admitted keeping controlled waste on his site and failing to prevent the escape of waste in his control, as the waste was burned at his site.

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