Warning for company over regulations breaches

Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell

Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell

First published in News

Five transport firms operated by an animal by-products processing group have been stripped of their operating licences following a public inquiry into their failures to comply with haulage regulations.

And Senior Traffic Commiss-ioner, Beverley Bell, has warned the Leo Group – which runs the Omega Proteins plant at Denholme – it has one last chance to meet its obligations as she granted it an interim licence for a new haulage business to run its operations.

Fleets of wagons and trailers previously run by Envirowaste Services Ltd, Leo Sawrij Ltd, Omega Proteins Ltd, Robinson Mitchell Ltd and Alba Proteins Ltd will all have their operator licences revoked from April 30 this year.

All wagons and employees will then continue operating for Haulage Holdings Organisation Ltd, trading as The Leo Group, which will initially be licensed for six months while checks are made about compliance.

Announcing her decision, Mrs Bell said: “Operator licensing is based on trust, and I am trusting the new entity to go forward.”

And addressing the sole shareholder of the Haulage Holdings Organisation, Danny Sawrij, she said: “Mr Sawrij, you are the only shareholder of this company and I expect the company to comply with its obligations. If the company does comply with its obligations, it will have absolutely nothing to fear from me.

“If it does not, it will incur my full wrath. I know, Mr Sawrij, that the last thing you want to do is incur my wrath.

“I am not making any findings from the papers that I have read about what sort of individual you are, but what I can say is that I have decided, even though you are the shareholder, that I will give this company an opportunity to get it right, but it will only be one opportunity.”

Mrs Bell also stipulated Mr Sawrij, Joanne Sawrij, Sonia Dean, Manjit Singh and Michael Sheehan will have no control whatsoever in the day-to-day management or running of Haulage Holdings Organisation Ltd, and demanded personal undertakings to that effect.

She also stipulated independent tachograph analysis of all its vehicles should be carried out for a full year prior to a review.

“I shall initially grant an interim licence for 74 vehicles and 71 trailers for a period of six months,” Mrs Bell said.

In response, a spokesman for Leo Group said: “We did not contest this matter and we are pleased with the support offered by the Traffic Commissioner.

“All vehicles will pass to the new Haulage Holding company. No jobs will be at risk because of the new licences that have been granted to a group company.

“The haulage company has its own dedicated directors, management team and support staff. Danny Sawrij is not involved in any of the day-to-day operational activities of those other companies, of which he is not a director.”

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10:28am Fri 28 Feb 14

MarkPullen says...

Not sure if I'm reading this correctly but the new firm has risen from the ashes of those that have lost their licences - with the same drivers and vehicles.

Hmmmm.......somethin
g continues to smell very funny (and putrid) about all this.
Not sure if I'm reading this correctly but the new firm has risen from the ashes of those that have lost their licences - with the same drivers and vehicles. Hmmmm.......somethin g continues to smell very funny (and putrid) about all this. MarkPullen
  • Score: 3

2:33pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Elvis parsley says...

Same as previous comment really. If you break the law you lose your licence but get a new one to replace it. Sounds like a real deterrent.
Ps. No mention in the article about what they did?
Same as previous comment really. If you break the law you lose your licence but get a new one to replace it. Sounds like a real deterrent. Ps. No mention in the article about what they did? Elvis parsley
  • Score: 0

4:32pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Little Green Man says...

Standard procedure I think - In some ways it makes sense, if the drivers have committed an offence themselves its better they keep their jobs right?
Standard procedure I think - In some ways it makes sense, if the drivers have committed an offence themselves its better they keep their jobs right? Little Green Man
  • Score: -2

6:38pm Fri 28 Feb 14

steve10 says...

Omega Proteins ? are they the same firm that blight our lives with the SMELLY wagons that travel through Denholme and Keighley spewing there loads of animal organs on our roads. no mention of that if it is the same firm !!
Omega Proteins ? are they the same firm that blight our lives with the SMELLY wagons that travel through Denholme and Keighley spewing there loads of animal organs on our roads. no mention of that if it is the same firm !! steve10
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Sat 1 Mar 14

jimmy k says...

theyre being given an extra chance to get things right,how many years has this stench been going on for?
theyre being given an extra chance to get things right,how many years has this stench been going on for? jimmy k
  • Score: 0

8:58am Sun 2 Mar 14

Katiery says...

The five companies failed to comply with haulage regulations. All five have lost their operators licence and one company - owned by one of the five - has been given one chance to comply or have this licence revoked.

As the drivers don't seem to have committed any offences they will not lose their jobs and the new operator will be very closely watched. I rather like the sound of Mrs Bell!
The five companies failed to comply with haulage regulations. All five have lost their operators licence and one company - owned by one of the five - has been given one chance to comply or have this licence revoked. As the drivers don't seem to have committed any offences they will not lose their jobs and the new operator will be very closely watched. I rather like the sound of Mrs Bell! Katiery
  • Score: 1

2:47pm Sun 2 Mar 14

jimmy k says...

the whole thing stinks(and not just metaphorically)it sounds to me like companies that go bankrupt then the same directors set up new business with the same assets being transferred over and leaving a load of debt in their wake.cant blame people for making the most of the system blame the system.
the whole thing stinks(and not just metaphorically)it sounds to me like companies that go bankrupt then the same directors set up new business with the same assets being transferred over and leaving a load of debt in their wake.cant blame people for making the most of the system blame the system. jimmy k
  • Score: 1

8:56am Mon 3 Mar 14

Katiery says...

They didn't go bankrupt Jimmy k, they had their operators licence revoked, which means that they cannot run the haulage businesses and will have to close them down. All haulage firms have to have a valid operators licence.

Amalgamating them into one business, with the director and operator being thoroughly watched, is a way to ensure that all the complaints are covered and the business now works legally.
They didn't go bankrupt Jimmy k, they had their operators licence revoked, which means that they cannot run the haulage businesses and will have to close them down. All haulage firms have to have a valid operators licence. Amalgamating them into one business, with the director and operator being thoroughly watched, is a way to ensure that all the complaints are covered and the business now works legally. Katiery
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Stevo54 says...

jimmy k was just comparing scenarios which happen all the time in which a shady company gets out of jail free by simply changing its name.
jimmy k was just comparing scenarios which happen all the time in which a shady company gets out of jail free by simply changing its name. Stevo54
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Mon 3 Mar 14

jimmy k says...

cheers stevo,yes that's exactly the point i was trying to make.
cheers stevo,yes that's exactly the point i was trying to make. jimmy k
  • Score: 1

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