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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Bradford bakery firm stripped of vehicle fleet licence over drivers' qualifications fraud

Bradford bakery firm stripped of vehicle fleet licence over drivers' qualifications fraud
Bradford bakery firm stripped of vehicle fleet licence over drivers' qualifications fraud

Bradford bakery firm stripped of vehicle fleet licence over drivers' qualifications fraud

A BAKERY firm in Bradford has been stripped of its licence to run its fleet of vehicles after its drivers were allowed to fraudulently obtain qualifications
without being properly trained.
Haulage industry regulator Kevin Rooney condemned the actions of managers at Coultons Bread Limited, trading as Happy Bread, as inexcusable.
Mr Rooney, the Traffic Commissioner for the North-East, also said it was "unacceptable for a company to put profit before legal requirements".
Following a public inquiry, Mr Rooney said Happy Bread failed to ensure that drivers were legally able to meet a deadline to be qualified with a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
He said: “Having effectively run out of time, the local management team took the decision to put in place arrangements such that driver qualification cards were issued to the drivers fraudulently, without the drivers having undertaken the relevant training."
This meant drivers for the firm were carrying qualification cards that had been falsely obtained.
The Traffic Commissioner added that the directors of the company had allowed this to happen by having insufficient control over the transport operation at Enterprise Court, Prince Street, Dudley Hill.
Mr Rooney said “Operator licensing concerns itself with fair competition as much as road safety.
"Compliant operators expect the Traffic Commissioner to take action against an operator who has fraudulently achieved driver qualification cards for the drivers. There has to be a measure of deterrence in my decision.”
Investigations by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) revealed that a number of drivers working for the company had been issued with driver CPC qualification cards when they had not completed the mandatory 35 hours of training, required of professional HGV drivers under new EU regulations.
DVSA examiners found that three CPC trainers in Greater Manchester, working for another operator, A B F Grain Products Ltd, trading as Allied Bakeries, had made false statements in order to obtain CPC qualifications for the drivers employed by Coultons Bread.


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