Observe of Oral Choice for D&G Worldwide Transport Ltd (OD2035378) and Mr Dan Duma (‘the Proposed Transport Supervisor’)

The Deputy Visitors Commissioner for the West Midlands determined:

The Operator

The Operator’s Commonplace Worldwide Operator’s Licence is REVOKED with impact from 23.59 hours on 31 July 2022, underneath:

(i) the next provisions of part 27 (1) (a) of the Act –

(a) the licence holder not satisfies the provisions of part 13A(2) of the Act requiring me to be glad that the Operator—

(b) is of fine reputation (as decided in accordance with paragraphs 1 to five of Schedule 3),


(d) is professionally competent (as decided in accordance with paragraphs 8 to 13 of Schedule 3); and

(ii) utilizing the discretion afforded to me underneath Part 26 (1) of the Act, having discovered that the next grounds laid out in Part 26 (1) of the Act are made out from the proof accepted and adopted by me and decided that it’s applicable and proportionate to take action:

Part 26 (1) (c) (iii)

the Operator’s automobiles or drivers have been issued with prohibition notices by DVSA or the Police within the final 5 years- for the reason that licence was granted on 21 October 2020;

Part 26 (1) (f)

that the Operator has breached the undertakings connected to its licence when issued to have correct preparations in place-

To maintain the automobiles and trailers operated underneath this licence, together with employed automobiles and trailers, match and serviceable;

To make sure that the foundations on drivers’ hours and tachograph data are met and to maintain correct data;

To inform materials adjustments within the circumstances of the Operator inside not more than 28 days;

Part 26 (1) (h)

that there was for the reason that licence was granted a fabric change in any of the circumstances of the holder of the licence which had been related to the difficulty of its licence, on this case:

the foregoing;

the Operator’s failure to have an efficient correspondence handle and to reply to correspondence despatched to the handle and e-mail addresses for correspondence given on licence data (apparently the handle of its accountant which can also be the corporate’s registered workplace and handle given for the director at Firms Home) and the 2 nominated working centres, regarding compliance issues despatched by DVSA and the Visitors Commissioner;

the Operator’s failure to adjust to the Public Inquiry course of by the supply of paperwork requested within the letter calling it to the Inquiry listed for listening to at 14.00 hours on 23 June 2022 that ought to have been provided a minimum of 7 days previous to that date and its additional failure to cooperate with the Inquiry course of by attendance on the listed listening to of 23 June 2022 represented by its director or an appointed consultant;

the Operator’s failure to inform the fabric adjustments in its skilled competence as soon as it grew to become obvious to the Operator that its former Transport Supervisor Mr Florin Buzle was not exercising the efficient and steady administration of the transport actions of the corporate required by him because the transport supervisor, such that it seems to me from the proof of Mr Dan Duma that Mr Buzle was performing because the transport supervisor in title just for a big interval previous to his resignation efficient 1 April 2022 and that the Operator was conscious of this and continued paying him;

the Operator’s failure by way of its sole director Mr Dan Duma, who gained his CPC in Transport Administration for items automobiles in February 2022 in Romania, to adjust to licence undertakings to make sure that methods and data had been managed and monitored between the date of Mr Buzle’s resignation and the date of the adjourned Inquiry, with a field of upkeep associated data produced in whole disarray and no proof in any respect of research and comply with up of historic downloads by the Operator of driver playing cards and automobile unit knowledge, previous to the extraordinarily latest engagement of Invergold Associates as consultants and the work carried out by them with the director over the last few days, remaining incomplete resulting from issues accessing the information on the Operator’s system together with driver card knowledge;

Mr Dan Duma’s absences from the UK, in Romania, the total extent of which stay unclear however are accepted for a minimum of the final two weeks and on and off previous to then resulting from private household points requiring his presence within the nation. His passport had expired 13 June 2022. In his absences, two former drivers together with Mr Gabriel Obrisan are delegated supervision of the drivers within the UK in liaison with him regarding work directions, assisted by his daughter managing the night time shift work, by phone. Information have been stored at Mr Duma’s rented UK residence at 87 Portland Drive, which is a number of occupation and was additionally rented by the previous Transport supervisor till April 2022. It seems to me from my assessment of the data that Mr Duma paid scant consideration to those data earlier than or after the departure of the previous transport supervisor;

the Operator has been with out a nominated transport supervisor in place since a minimum of April 2022 with no interval of grace utilized for from the necessities {of professional} competence. The applying to range the licence so as to add Mr Dan Duma as transport supervisor was withdrawn on the Inquiry. A masking letter and TM (1) type was offered to me on the Inquiry, dated Sunday 26 June 2022, so as to add a Mr Carl Partington as a Transport Supervisor however this remained to be accomplished and processed by the Central Licensing staff in Leeds for my consideration and Mr Partington was unable to attend the Inquiry. It seems to me that, as on the date of Inquiry, the necessities {of professional} competence had been nonetheless not met.

Because the operator’s licence has been revoked the appliance to range the licence can also be successfully refused.

The Proposed Transport Supervisor, Mr Dan Duma

The applying to range the licence so as to add Mr Duma because the nominated transport supervisor for this licence was withdrawn on the Inquiry and he’s not performing as a Transport Supervisor on any operator’s licence at the moment. I’ve discovered that the Operator has misplaced its good reputation and Mr Duma is the only real director of the Operator firm. If Mr Duma seeks to behave as a Transport Supervisor for any licence in future, he might want to fulfill the Visitors Commissioner that he’s of the suitable good reputation {and professional} competence at the moment having regard to this choice.

Disqualification underneath part 28

I’ve not made an order underneath part 28 towards the corporate or its director Mr Dan Duma. My choice was very shut on this problem however, on stability, I decided there stays a future risk that the necessities for a brand new licence could also be met however will, on the very least, require the next to fulfill the Visitors Commissioner that good reputation has been regained and the Operator shall be compliant in future regardless of this very poor historical past:

tangible credible proof of the director’s place of precise residence and of his predominant bodily presence within the UK;

formal interpreter assist in place for the needs of coping with operator licence compliance and the communications with the DVSA and the Visitors Commissioner and preparations in place to make sure licence data are correct and all materials adjustments are notified;

common contracted transport consultancy assist and participation in addition to a strong efficient exterior transport supervisor engaged for prolonged hours and a proper common written reporting regime to the director by the advisor and the transport supervisor to be formally translated into Romanian by an interpreter;

written confirmations from every of the transport advisor and the proposed transport supervisor every enterprise to advise the site visitors commissioner promptly in writing

(i) if they’ve issues concerning the compliance of the operator with recommendation and directions given by them to make sure compliance with the legislation and the operator’s licence and/or the effectiveness of the methods and data in place to attain compliance; and/or (ii) of their resignation.

For the avoidance of doubt, while I’ve not made a separate order of disqualification, this doesn’t in any means point out that any future utility could also be granted and, if and when made, shall be decided earlier than the revocation of this licence takes impact.

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