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22 February 2010
The directors of a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) recruitment firm, which traded under various different names, have been banned from running an employment agency for up to 10 years after committing a string of offences, Road Transport reports.
The employment tribunal in Leeds banned David Allon from running an employment agency for the maximum period of 10 years. Sian Pemberton, Angela Roberts and Marc Hedley were banned for five years. The companies are now dissolved and the businesses have ceased trading.
The case was brought by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) following a total of 26 complaints from drivers and hirers. The four directors breached the Employment Agency's Act of 1973 by failing to keep records, withholding payment of wages to drivers, failing to issue terms of employment to drivers, failing to carry out checks on drivers and supplying drivers who not did hold the required licences.
The agencies, which supplied drivers to haulage firms, traded under the names Driverwise Recruitability, Driverwise Recruitment, Driverwise/Staffwise, Recruitability, Recruit and Recruit Employment.
Alex Fiddes, Director at The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), said "VOSA welcomes this firm action by the EAS against irresponsible agencies. In closing them down they have removed a threat to road safety."