Express Motors denied new O-licence

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Nick Jones, the Traffic Commissioner (TC) for Wales, has refused to grant Express Motors (Caernarfon) Ltd a PSV O-licence, concluding the business fell ‘well short’ of meeting the requirements.

The applicant failed to satisfy the TC that it was of good repute, or had satisfactory facilities and arrangements to maintain vehicles in a fit and serviceable condition. The company was also found to only have the necessary financial standing for 15 vehicles, but initially applied for 35 discs.

In his written decision, the industry regulator also cited safety concerns, including a wheel loss incident and the illegal operation of vehicles, as well as uncertainty over whether other members of the Jones family would truly not be involved in the operation. The application was made by Rhian Wyn Davies, daughter of Eric Wyn Jones and sister to Kevin Jones and Ian Wyn Jones.

He remarked: “The response to the wheel loss reflected a dangerously low standard of care in relation to public safety.

“Although Rhian Davies tells me that she would be in complete control if the application was granted, there is not a scintilla of evidence from her siblings or her parents to support this.”