Social workers' haulage plans are overruled

TWO social care workers have failed in their attempts to run haulage firms following a ruling by Scotland's traffic commissioner.

Tom Macartney threw out applications for operating licences from Pentland Commercials and B Kennedy Commercials after raising concerns about the two women behind the companies.

He also expressed worries about a "significant overlap" between the two firms, which were intending to use the same premises in Dunfermline.

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Commenting on Laura Powell, who claimed to be sole director of Pentland Commercials, the commissioner said:

"Miss Powell displayed a level of ignorance which, had she been a genuine sole director, would doom this haulage firm to failure."

And of Darlene Bell, a director of B Kennedy Commercials who had worked alongside Miss Powell as a social care worker for East Lothian Council, he added: "She did not have a transport manager and did not have experience in running transport herself."

The commissioner published his ruling yesterday following public inquiries held in Edinburgh on 2 March.