Case details for SUKHWINDER SINGH



Date of Birth: 12 / 1 / 1953

Date Order Starts: 28 / 11 / 2018

Disqualification Length: 5 Years 0 Month(s)

CRO Number: 06955589

Last Known Address: 26 SOMERSET ROAD, , , , WEST BROMWICH, B71 1HA

Conduct: Sukhwinder Singh (“Mr Singh”) whilst acting as a director of Sandwell Travel Limited (“STL”), failed to ensure that STL complied with its regulatory requirements, endangering public safety and causing STL to lose the ‘Standard National Passenger Vehicle’ license, which had been issued by the Department for Transport in August 2010 in that;

  • A Department of Transport monitoring exercise of STL carried out between 07 February 2017 and 03 April 2017 revealed a series of failings
  • STL was using out of date inspection sheets which did not list all items that should be inspected.
  • Not all safety inspections were being carried out at promised 4 week intervals. There were gaps of up to 45 weeks
  • There were no records of any random audits of driver walk-around checks, despite an undertaking on the license to perform such checks regularly and keep a record of them.
  • There was a very high MOT Failure rate of 83% over the previous two years. There was a wide range of failure items, including brake systems and components, suspension, steering, exhaust and wheel/hubs. He was wholly unaware of this failure rate.
  • STL had been without any experienced or mechanically qualified staff since October 2016, despite the fact that maintenance was carried out in-house.
  • There had been a wheel loss incident on a busy A road in November 2016. This had not been reported to the Secretary of State, despite STL’s obligation to do so under Section 20 of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981. He had no knowledge of such duty.
  • STL had been using an air gun to tighten wheels and was not in possession of a suitable torque wrench. This was a wholly inappropriate practice.
  • On 30 June 2017, a Winding Up petition was presented by The Department of Transport in respect of unsupported fuel rebate claims.
  • The petition debt went unpaid and on 12 September 2017, a Winding Up Order was made against STL.
  • Notwithstanding the winding up order, on 03 October 2017 The Traffic Commissioner held a public enquiry which upheld the Department of Transport’s earlier findings and deemed that STL lacked financial standing, good repute and professional competence. STL’s license was revoked as the condition of STL’s vehicles was so bad and the danger posed to the public was so great.
  • Furthermore he was disqualified from being a transport manager on any license for an indefinite period and was disqualified from being the director of any company holding or obtaining an operator’s license for a period of seven years. 

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