Dangers of operating before a licence is granted

In a case early this year, Traffic Commissioner Nick Denton has refused an application for a standard national goods vehicle operator’s licence made by REL Haulage Ltd.

The company was found to have in effect already started operating HGVs, despite director Ian Newman’s assurance in August 2021 that it would not do so in advance of authority being granted.

Andy Scott, an offshore investor, stated that he was using his vehicle, REL Capital Ltd, to help save struggling businesses. The purpose of REL Haulage was to bring together the profitable elements of several distressed haulage companies. It was a long-term investment, with Ian Newman running it day-to-day as director and Adam Lewis having an overseeing role.

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