Dangers of Operation Before Licensing

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In a case earlier this year, traffic commissioner Nick Denton refused an application for a national standard freight vehicle operator license submitted by REL Haulage Ltd.

It was found that the company had in fact already started operating HGVs, despite assurances from director Ian Newman in August 2021 that it would not do so until clearance was granted.

Andy Scott, an offshore investor, said he used his vehicle, REL Capital Ltd, to help rescue struggling businesses. REL Haulage’s goal was to bring together the profitable elements of several struggling transport companies. It was a long-term investment, with Ian Newman managing it on a day-to-day basis as director and Adam Lewis having a supervisory role.

The commissioner found that Andy Scott and Adam Lewis have a long history of failed haulage businesses – companies that go into liquidation and owe large sums of money to HMRC and other creditors. They distribute the profitable parts in new companies, leaving the creditors of the old companies dry.

He discovered that a similar intention was behind the Haulage request: it was intended to be a vehicle for the profitable parts of REL Storage, leaving the rest of Storage to go into liquidation due to money.

The traffic commissioner said: “Prior to the investigation, I was shown a letter, dated the same day of the investigation, threatening the staff with dismissal following the decision of the traffic commissioner. It was a disgusting attempt to influence my decision and not the act of a reputable company. The people behind this app are not reputable and not a company or people I could trust. This is just the latest domino in the series of bankrupt companies overseen by Messrs. Scott and Lewis.

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