Liverpool operator given three weeks to provide evidence

first_imgLiverpool-based David Sutherberry has been given three weeks to produce financial evidence proving that his main occupation is not the operation of a restricted licence with the trading name Starlight Limos.Mr Sutherberry, trading as Starlight Limos, of Pilch Lane East, Liverpool, with a two-vehicle restricted licence, had been called before Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) Simon Evans at a Golborne Public Inquiry.Traffic Examiner (TE) Tim Aspull said that in September 2013 he investigated whether more vehicles were being operated than were authorised after a vehicle was stopped in Liverpool displaying a photocopied O-Licence disc. There had also been a prohibition issued for a defective tachograph.In June 2014 one of Mr Sutherberry’s vehicles was checked in Liverpool. The licence disc was a photocopy and the vehicle did not have the correct MoT certificateMr Sutherberry had three vehicles in possession but nothing raised Mr Aspull’s suspicions that he was running more vehicles than were authorised. He considered that it was an educational issue as Mr Sutherberry had not realised the importance of the disc.Two of the vehicles had the correct PSV MoT certificates and one had an incorrect one. Mr Sutherberry had said that he was unaware of the different tests and that he had relied upon his maintenance contractor.The tachograph in the vehicle driven by Mr Sutherberry was showing the incorrect time. There were no working time records. The system for checking the drivers’ hours was not altogether satisfactory though there was some evidence of checks carried out by Mr Sutherberry. Bookings showed that the drivers were having adequate rest. There was adequate Driver CPC training and an adequate system for checking driving licences.In June 2014 one of Mr Sutherberry’s vehicles was checked in Liverpool city centre. The licence disc was a photocopy and the vehicle did not have the correct MoT certificate. Mr Sutherberry was prosecuted for those offences and fined £500.In November 2014 a fixed penalty was issued for a tachograph not recording the correct time. When he examined documents he saw that the insurance certificate had been issued in the name of Starlight Limos Ltd. Mr Sutherberry was unaware of why that had happened, saying that he ran a booking company separately from the limo operation. Bills and invoices for the maintenance of the vehicles were made out to Mr Sutherberry personally.After the TE had said there was no evidence of a Driver CPC for one driver and no driving record for another, Bill Bowling, Legislation Officer, of the National Limousine & Chauffeur Association, for Mr Sutherberry, said that both the drivers concerned had been dismissed. Tachograph records were now being checked by an outside agency.Adjourning the hearing for three weeks to enable Mr Sutherberry to produce evidence showing what his main occupation was, the DTC said that he was not best impressed by the TE giving advice that was ignored. He needed to know that that issue had been addressed.last_img read more

Hallmark Connections goes for seven

first_imgRotala Group-owned Hallmark Connections has ordered seven new Scania Touring HD coaches, in a mix of 49-seat executive and 53-seat standard touring specifications.The operator’s policy is to standardise on Scanias – it has 15 in the fleet – and says Hallmark MD Antony Goozee, the order follows good experience with a Scania Touring bought last year.last_img

David Leeder’s MET secures £8.3m

first_imgMetropolitan European Transport (MET), the high-growth European local bus operator run by a team of experienced UK-based transport industry executives, has secured £8.3m from Business Growth Fund (BGF) to fund continued growth in Europe.MET plans to use the funds to acquire bolt-on regional bus operators and support tendering activity.The UK-based management team has significant sector experience and a track record for growing businesses in the sector. Before co-founding MET, CEO David Leeder was a main board director at First Group and CEO of West Midlands Travel. MET’s CFO is Guy Houston, a former UK bus FD for FirstGroup, who has also held senior finance roles at Transport Scotland and Stagecoach UK Bus. The company’s Chairman is Iain Lanaghan, a co-founder of transport group Abellio and the former CFO of First Group plc.  Business Growth Fund (BGF) is a £2.5bn UK-based firm that invests UK-based small and medium enterprises. It was created in 2011 and is owned major UK banks – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered. BGF exists to support small and medium sized UK growth businesses with financial investment .MET was set up in 2011 with a focus on providing local and regional bus services in Germany, Europe’s largest and most fragmented local bus markets. The business now operates from two regional hubs, based in Frankfurt and Cologne, providing local bus services, special needs transport and school transport for local authorities, government entities and corporate bodies.MET CEO David Leeder explained: “BGF’s significant investment in the business will allow MET to continue our expansion.  We see many opportunities for profitable growth through both the consolidation of small bus businesses, and as more local authorities place transport services to public tender. BGF’s investment will give us the capital to take advantage of these opportunities.” David Gammie from BGF added: “We’ve backed a high calibre team with very credible sector experience. David and his team has already grown the business significantly since founding it in 2011. They have demonstrated their ability to grow through competitive tendering and successfully making bolt-on acquisitions. We look forward to supporting the business on the next stage of its growth story.” The investment was led for BGF by David Gammie, Mike Sibson and  Keith Barclay and for MET by Iain Lanaghan, Guy Houston and David Leeder. MET was advised by Noventus Partners.last_img read more

Europe’s biggest bus and coach show in 2018 is launched

first_imgEstablished as a leading international trade fair for the bus and coach industry in 2018, Euro Bus Expo returns on 30 October – 1 November 2018, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham.Visitor registration for the free-to-attend event is now open at www.eurobusxpo.comThe three-day biennial free-to-attend bus, coach and minibus trade show is Europe’s biggest in 2018.The show organisers are expecting to welcome over 9,000 industry buyers and decision makers from across Europe.Already, eight months out from the show open date, 91% of exhibition space has been sold, with almost 300 exhibitors expected.Many are planning to use the show to publicly launch their new products.Alongside the exhibition, a full seminar programme in the Master Class Theatre will be a major draw, with top speakers.Major vehicle manufacturers and dealers already booked include: Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), BASE, Connaught, EVM, EvoBus, Isuzu, Irizar, MAN, Minis to Midis, Moseley, Optare, Scania, Temsa, Unvi, Van Hool, VDL, Volvo, Wrights Group and Yutong.Among the companies exhibiting at Euro Bus Expo for the first time are: Ceramex, Five Bars Mobile, Henkel, Herbert Kneitz/ Boyriven, Reacton Fire Suppression, Streamax Technology, The Tyre Equipment Company, Travel by Knight, Ultrafabrics Europe and Viriciti. Exhibitors in the Technology Zone will showcase the latest software solutions, the latest IT equipment, mobile technology, onboard wi-Fi, ticketing systems, revenue collection services.The Master Class Theatre will return again with seminars and keynotes from leading industry figures where you will gain in-depth knowledge on the latest hot topics.The miniplus Area, hosted by leading trade title miniplus, is dedicated solely to operators of small- and medium-sized passenger carrying vehicles.It will bring together exhibitors in the small vehicle sector to demonstrate the latest equipment and supplies available in this growing sector of the market.Suppliers will display purpose-built vehicles fitted with modern accessible aids including step-free design, wheelchair lifts, seats and other safety items, along with showcasing conversion services for those buyers with bespoke requirements.Britain’s coach and bus trade body, the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is once again the show partner.Says Event Director Helen Conway: “Euro Bus Expo 2018 is off to a flying start and the show is on track to sell-out well before the autumn.“We’ve received tremendous support from across the industry and it’s clear that Euro Bus Expo is seen as a key event for 2018.“Along with CPT we remain committed to delivering a quality show over three days which our audience can be proud of.” The show is co-located alongside the UK’s largest coach, bus, and minibus operator excellence awards.The prestigious black-tie routeone Awards takes place, welcoming 800 guests, in the evening of 31 October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole’s banqueting suite, on the NEC site.Further information:Visit: Show website – www.eurobusxpo.comrouteone Awards website – www.routeoneawards.comlast_img read more

Bristol City Council approves CAZ plans

first_imgBristol City Council’s Cabinet has approved a plan for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) which has now been submitted to government.The Council is also considering further measures as part of the wider Clean Air Plan to reduce emissions from other sources which will include having a full fleet of biofuel buses.Initial plans to introduce a small area diesel ban is now going to apply just to private diesel cars and it will operate daily from 0700hrs-1500hrs.Bristol will become the UK’s first city to apply these restrictions. Coaches and buses that do not meet Euro IV will be charged to enter the CAZ.The deadline for the implementation of the plans is March 2021.last_img

Go-Ahead London to replace fuelling equipment with Identic

first_imgGo-Ahead London has placed an order with Identic AB to upgrade 23 lanes of fuelling equipment at 14 depots. The new systems will replace older Identic refuelling equipment that is now at the end of its lives. Installation will be handled by TSG UK Solutions, which is Identic’s distributor in the UK.The upgraded equipment will include Identic’s new CE10 lane terminal. It is an ethernet-enabled device that controls all functions in the fuelling lane, including the spill-free vehicle refilling (SVR) system.Says Go-Ahead London Engineering Director Richard Harrington: “We have used Identic spill-free refilling on our bus fleet for more than 20 years. The depot upgrades will ensure that we continue to benefit from Identic’s investment in SVR and the time and environmental benefits that the system provides.”Adds Identic AB Managing Director Richard Holt: “The Identic CE10 is our latest state of the art fuelling lane terminal. It has an all-new colour touch-screen display and advanced remote diagnostic capabilities. These Go-Ahead London site upgrades will benefit from the increased reliability and greater connectivity that the CE10 offers.”www.identic.selast_img read more

Paul Brady appointed Scania (Great Britain) Dealer Director in the South East

first_imgScania (Great Britain) has appointed Paul Brady (pictured) as Dealer Director for the South East.Most recently Paul has served as Aftersales Director for the South East. He first joined Scania in 1986 as a Technician in Edinburgh, and has since worked across a variety of aftersales and managerial roles across Scotland and England.Paul succeeds Adrian Inscoe, who retires in April following 11 years of service with the dealer.“Paul is a long-serving and highly valued member of our South East team, and on behalf of all of us at Scania I would like to congratulate him on his new appointment,” says Martin Hay, Managing Director of Scania (Great Britain).  “Progressing from the role of Technician to a key managerial position within our organisation is a fantastic personal achievement for Paul, and for us demonstrates Scania’s commitment to providing its staff with a clear career path which can lead to the very top.“I wish Paul every success in his new role and would like to thank Adrian for his contribution over the years and wish him a long and happy retirement.”last_img read more

Book throws 4 touchdowns as Notre Dame defeats Duke

first_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSports Pinterest Twitter Google+ Previous articleBig Indiana teachers rally prompting many school closings on Nov. 19Next articleVeterans Day: facts and perks Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool (83) catches a pass while Duke cornerback Leonard Johnson (33) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Ian Book trusted his legs to pick up chunks of yardage for No. 15 Notre Dame. The touchdowns came from his arm.Book rushed for a career-best 139 yards and threw four touchdown passes and the Fighting Irish routed Duke 38-7 on Saturday night.Book finished 18 of 32 for 181 yards passing, Chris Finke caught touchdown passes of 18 and 6 yards, and Chase Claypool and George Takacs also had short scoring catches.C’Bo Flemister rushed 2 yards for a TD for the Fighting Irish (7-2, No. 15 CFP). In winning their second straight and fifth in six games, they rolled up 469 total yards, led 21-0 before the Blue Devils picked up their second first down and kept them at bay the rest of the way.“It’s hard to win in November,” Book said. “You want to win every single game in November. It’s huge. … We’re still playing for a lot of things here.”Book became the first Notre Dame quarterback with 100 yards both rushing and passing since Brandon Wimbush did it two years ago against Wake Forest.“He’s just a heck of a football player,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.Book has accounted for seven touchdowns in his last two games, both victories over Atlantic Coast Conference schools. He threw for two TDs last week against Virginia Tech, then rushed for the winning score with 29 seconds left to beat the Hokies.The Blue Devils kept him from crossing the goal line in this one, prompting Book to quip that “I need to get faster.“I need to get in the end zone,” he said. “I’m kind of upset about it. But fast DBs, they caught me. … I was able to get the first downs … but I want to get in the end zone.”Quentin Harris was 16 of 28 for 102 yards for Duke (4-5) with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Young late in the second quarter. The Blue Devils have lost three straight and four of five since starting 3-1.THE TAKEAWAYNotre Dame: The Fighting Irish rushed for 288 yards — their best game on the ground in a month — against a decent Duke run defense, and 148 of those yards came on three carries, runs of 45 and 53 yards by Book and a 40-yarder by Jahmir Smith. Both co-starters — Tony Jones Jr. and Jafar Armstrong — were back, but they combined for just 27 yards on 10 attempts.Duke: The Blue Devils have played three 2018 College Football Playoff programs in 12 months — Clemson last November, and Alabama and now Notre Dame this season — and lost them all by a combined 108-16, failing to reach double-figure scoring in any of them. This loss puts Duke in bowl jeopardy: The Blue Devils must win two of their final three — against Syracuse, No. 22 Wake Forest and resurgent Miami — to reach their third straight bowl game.“I’m concerned with where we are with a rhythm” on offense, Cutcliffe said. “We’ve got an approach where we’re going to work like we’ve always worked, but I think a study of what we’re doing right now is real important. … You don’t panic. … We’ve got three big football games in front of us that we can go win.”POLL IMPLICATIONSWhile the Irish certainly have a case to climb a bit higher in the polls, it could work against them that the teams ranked alongside them in the mid-teens lost this week.BOOKING ITBook had 86 yards rushing by halftime, surpassing his previous single-game best of 81 set in the opener at Louisville. He gained more yards on one rush — covering 45 yards in the second quarter — than the Blue Devils’ entire offense had to that point (36), then went for 53 yards in the first minute of the fourth quarter that set up Jonathan Doerer’s 43-yard field goal.TURNING POINTDuke missed on a couple of chances to make it a one-score game, first squandering Shaka Heyward’s interception of Book’s pass late in the second quarter when the drive stalled at the Irish 26 and AJ Reed pushed a 44-yard kick wide right. Then, the Blue Devils’ first drive of the second half ended when Troy Pride Jr. intercepted Harris’ pass for Scott Bracey and Notre Dame turned that takeaway into Book’s second scoring pass to Finck.UP NEXTNotre Dame: Plays host to No. 25 Navy on Saturday. WhatsApp Facebook Book throws 4 touchdowns as Notre Dame defeats Duke By Associated Press – November 10, 2019 0 356 last_img read more

EU to turn up heat over climate change changeVow to pressure US over climate control

first_imgAlthough the EU and US remain deeply divided over the extent to which countries should be allowed to trade the right to pollute, aides to Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard say they have detected a shift in American attitudes.Above all, they are increasingly confident that Congress will ratify the White House’s decision to commit itself to the targets for limiting emissions agreed in Kyoto last year – a prospect which seemed unlikely before last week’s conference in Buenos Aires.“You can see the beginning of a change in the American attitude,” said Bjerregaard’s spokesman Peter Jørgenson. “We are quite certain that in a couple of years from now the Americans will ratify this and in the next two climate conferences, we hope to solve all outstanding problems.” In the coming months, the two sides will try to hammer out a compromise setting out the rules under which countries could buy and sell the right to pollute in order to meet gas-reduction targets laid out in the Kyoto protocol.EU officials expect a series of “high-level” talks with their counterparts in Washington between now and the next international climate change conference, which is scheduled to take place late next year.The EU believes governments should meet domestic ceilings for emission reductions before they are allowed to trade the right to pollute. However, the US, which is the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases, has been pressing for the unrestricted use of “flexible mechanisms” including emissions trading.“The European Union is not against emissions trading but it is not the only game in town,” said Bjerregaard. Instead, she argues that countries should be forced to use more environmentally friendly energy.Environmental policy leaders from 170 countries agreed on a timetable last week for drafting rules on reducing greenhouse gases.They also adopted an action plan calling for the use of technology transfer and other investments to help developing nations meet targets and pledged to devise rules on emissions trading. Green activists say that while some progress was achieved at the Buenos Aires conference, they are disappointed that governments were not able to reach agreement on specific gas-emission reduction targets.“There is a step toward common ground but progress is so slow that it’s worrying,” said Finnish Green MEP Heidi Hautala.“The so-called action plan they have agreed, irrelevant of the 140 points, has nothing binding so it would be better to call it a non-action plan.”Until the Kyoto signatories narrow their differences, industry will be unable to consider exactly how emissions trading could be put into practice.“It is not clear who would be involved,” said Claude Culem, head of economic studies and energy policy at the European Chemical Industry Council.“Under the Kyoto agreement, national governments should engage in trading but, when you seriously think about it, you really need the involvement of business to make it work.”last_img read more

From Dallas to the palace!

first_imgSpeaking ahead of an event at the city’s Résidence Palace, the 60-year-old actress declared: “Women’s rights are human rights and we should all be very supportive of that.” The Bush administration has withheld $34 million from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) following allegations that it was aiding forced abortions in China. The agency denies the claims. In March, the EU agreed to boost UNFPA’s work in Asia by €18.5 million over three years.last_img