Last reviewed 24 January 2022
When caught operating too many vehicles for their licence and with more than 200 drivers’ hours offences in a three-month period, Hunter Transport’s operator sought to blame all of the problems on his drivers.
However, after the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland was told at a public inquiry that the company had had a transport manager “in name only” for at least a decade, it was found that the owner, Mr Samuel Hunter, had falsified records and pressured his drivers into the offences.
The Traffic Commissioner, Claire Gilmore, said: “I did not believe the operator’s claim to believe that all the journeys he allocated to his drivers could all be completed lawfully and within time. Two of the drivers who gave evidence spoke of a culture of pressure which led to them offending to try and complete their journeys on time.”
She noted that the operator did not ask his drivers to break the law but said that the culture of pressure he created, coupled with his deliberate failure to monitor driving activity, actively encouraged it.
“I considered that the operator’s willingness to deceive, coupled with his wilful neglect and repeated failings, demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the operator licensing regime on his part,” the Commissioner concluded.
Hunter Transport had its licence revoked and Mr Hunter was disqualified from holding an operator’s licence for a minimum of five years.
Full details of the inquiry can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/decision-for-samuel-hunter-ta-hunter-transport.