Highland Haulier Refused Operator Licence

Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner has refused to grant a vehicle operating licence to the owner of a Highland tyre recycling business after he operated illegally.

Joan Aitken said she was in no doubt that it suited the operator, Christopher Proudfoot, to use vehicles to transport tyres, even though he didn’t have a licence to do so.

The industry regulator refused to give Mr Proudfoot a goods operator’s licence after hearing evidence at a public inquiry in Inverness on 30 September 2016.

Examiners from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) reported three instances where vehicles were being operated by Mr Proudfoot without a valid licence:

During the public inquiry, Mr Proudfoot said that employees hadn’t followed his instructions on the 17 August 2015 and the 21 September 2016, which led to the illegal operation.

But the Traffic Commissioner found his evidence to be less than credible. She remarked:

“I find that the applicant was not truthful to either the Traffic Examiner or to me at this inquiry and that there was unlawful operation of vehicles which cannot be attributed to the uncontrolled or random actions of rogue individuals.”

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