Ve­hi­cle firm loses li­cence

Traf­fic com­mis­sioner’s de­ci­sion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

King’s Park- based Castle Con­tracts Ltd has had its ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tor’s li­cence re­voked.

Scot­land’s traf­fic com­mis­sioner Joan Aitken made the de­ci­sion af­ter find­ing the com­pany was not in con­trol of its ve­hi­cles.

The firm, op­er­at­ing at Mid Nether­ton Farm, Car­munnock Road, will lose its li­cence on Oc­to­ber 30 as a re­sult of the reg­u­la­tor’s de­ci­sion.

The com­pany has held a stan­dard na­tional goods ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tor’s li­cence since Fe­bru­ary 2012.

Its work is in mov­ing con­trac­tors’ muck to the tip or ag­gre­gates from site to site and it hires ve­hi­cles and driv­ers to con­trac­tors.

Fol­low­ing a public in­quiry Miss Aitken ruled that the com­pany had been used to get a li­cence for other busi­nesses with ad­verse fi­nan­cial history.

At the public in­quiry in Ed­in­burgh on Au­gust 25 Castle Con­tracts was rep­re­sented by An­gela Ryan, sole di­rec­tor of the com­pany, and Derek Wal­lace as trans­port man­ager.

Ms Ryan told the in­quiry that fol­low­ing the down­fall of another com­pany Ryan Plant ( Scot­land) Castle had taken over ve­hi­cles from them.

In 2014 she knew there were is­sues with the ve­hi­cles, due to the rate of pro­hi­bi­tions and MOT fail­ures. Ms Ryan told the in­quiry she be­lieved that at that time they had to im­prove their game and be­lieved they were im­prov­ing.

But traf­fic com­mis­sioner Joan Aitken said: “I do not think the op­er­a­tion of Castle Con­tracts has been s t ra i g h t f o r w a rd o r trans­par­ent.

“I find that Castle Con­tracts has ceded con­trol of the op­er­a­tor’s li­cence to Ryan Plant So­lu­tions Ltd and this goes to re­pute.

“Given the ar­range­ment with Ryan Plant So­lu­tions Ltd, I can­not al­low this li­cence to con­tinue.”

Op­er­a­tor li­cences are not trans­fer­able and the holder must be the op­er­a­tor of the ve­hi­cles.

Miss Aitken also found that Castle Con­tracts Ltd could not meet the manda­tory fi­nan­cial stand­ing re­quire­ments to con­tinue hold­ing a li­cence and noted that the busi­ness had breached li­cence un­der­tak­ings re­lat­ing to ve­hi­cle safety.

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