Traffic chief raps demolition firm

Scotland's Traffic Commisioner Joan AitkenScotland's Traffic Commisioner Joan Aitken
Scotland's Traffic Commisioner Joan Aitken
A Bonnybridge firm has been rapped by Scotland's Traffic Commissioner for breaking the rules.

Central Demolition Limited had its operating licence curtailed for six months after failing to inform Joan Aiken’s office about the appointment of a director or his criminal record.

Businessman Colin Peat joined the company in September 2002 and was responsible for surveying and pricing jobs.

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At Falkirk Sheriff Court last November he pled guilty to driving a golf buggy while drunk and without insurance and was disqualified for six years, ordered to complete 270 hours’ unpaid work and fined £400.

The sentence was later reduced to four years and 150 hours on appeal, but the commissioner was told it was his third disqualification in less than six years.

The court heard Peat had been attending his company’s charity golf day at Glenbervie Golf Club in Larbert and “for a laugh” he and friends had decided to hide another friend’s golf buggy in a nearby car showroom and were stopped by police on the way there.

Central Demolition, one of Scotland’s biggest demolition firms, appeared before the Traffic Commissioner at a public inquiry in Edinburgh in March.

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In her written decision Miss Aitken said she took the “dimmest view” of not being told about the appointment of Mr Peat as a director to the company and his previous offending which had deprived her of important regulatory information.

She said if Mr Peat had been involved in the transport side of the business she would have considered revoking the operator’s licence.