Last reviewed 1 June 2022

A transport manager emailed the head of a waste disposal company, CCS Waste Ltd, to say that he charged, “£500 per month for my name to be on the licence”.

Not surprisingly, when this came to the attention of West Midlands Traffic Commissioner Nick Denton, he described it as “damning” and disqualified Christopher Staples, indefinitely.

He said that Mr Staples had, “failed to exercise continuous and effective management to the extent that he did not realise that operations had commenced. When he did, he brazenly offered himself as a flag of convenience transport manager, a name on the licence to give the outward (but false) impression that a transport manager was in charge”.

Mr Denton was also told that Mr Staples’ successor as transport manager, Lori Wheeldon, had in effect been prevented by the operator from taking up her responsibilities, although she should, he said, have tried harder to do so.

This was of particular concern because the Commissioner had made it quite clear in a previous decision on Jones Waste Services Ltd that if the owner, Shaun McCarron, was involved with any future application he must engage the services of a competent transport manager.

Mr McCarron had in effect ignored this stipulation when setting up CCS Waste Ltd, Mr Denton ruled, by the device of “employing” two successive transport managers who were given absolutely no responsibilities in the business and who were virtually never physically present.

“He clearly treated the post of transport manager as an inconvenience which I (and the law) had imposed upon the company and which was not to be taken seriously,” the Commissioner went on. “The result, unsurprisingly, was a simple continuation of all the shortcomings of the previous, revoked, Jones Waste licence.”

With full details available — here, the Commissioner disqualified both CCS Waste Ltd and Mr McCarron from holding an operator’s licence for three years.