Licence revoked and sole director disqualified as TC Joan Aitken says that he has ‘lost his repute’The TC said Mr Liddle must have a better understanding of his responsibilities to return to PSV operationLivingston-based Andrew Liddle’s restricted licence was revoked and he was disqualified from holding a PSV O-Licence for 18 months by Traffic Commissioner (TC) Joan Aitken.The revocation of the licence comes after Mr Liddle ceded control of his licence disc to Ross Munro, who did not hold a PSV O-Licence. The TC also refused a bid for a new national licence by Mr Munro and Helen Pettigrew, trading as Livingston Travel.Both Mr Liddle and the partnership had been called before the TC at an Edinburgh Public Inquiry, but Mr Liddle failed to attend.The TC said that The 7 Seater Company had a contract with Atos for the provision of a minibus service for Atos and Hologic employees, weekdays to and from Livingston Station. The 7 Seater Company did not hold a PSV O-Licence. The sole director of that company was Andrew Liddle and he had held a restricted licence since 2008 but only in his sole name not as a company or partnership. Making the disqualification order after holding that Mr Liddle had lost his repute, the TC said that she considered that a period of disqualification was necessary to mark her dissatisfaction with Mr LiddleSome time in 2015 Mr Liddle ceded operation of the Atos Livingston Station contract to Mr Munro, a long-time acquaintance. Mr Munro supplied the minibus for the contract, the drivers, and took payment for the invoice to Atos, which showed payment due to a trading name c/o Livingston Travel and a bank account and sort code, which was that of Mr Munro as an individual. No remittance was made or billed to or from Mr Liddle or The 7 Seater Company. That company was dissolved on 11 September 2015. Mr Munro controlled every aspect of the operation of that contract and used Mr Liddle’s O-Licence disc.Making the disqualification order after holding that Mr Liddle had lost his repute, the TC said that she considered that a period of disqualification was necessary to mark her dissatisfaction with Mr Liddle and to put down a marker that if ever he wished to return to PSV operation, he must have a better understanding of his responsibilities and not lend out or detach himself from use of his licence and discs.Refusing the partnership application, the TC said that Mr Munro was warned in February 2015 that he didn’t have an O-Licence and could not get one from another party. Yet it was now clear that he and Mr Liddle had made an arrangement whereby Mr Munro had taken over a shuttle run contract which required an O-Licence and disc and that the disc came from Mr Liddle.She did not find Mr Munro to be credible or trustworthy, and was not satisfied that he had repute and therefore the partnership could not have a licence.She made no adverse finding against Ms Pettigrew. There was no evidence that she was party to the arrangement or instrumental in its inception or continuation. She was a novice to transport matters.
London, Sep 19 (PTI) Your likelihood of squabbling with co-workers could be influenced by the design of your office, scientists say. Researchers in Sweden found that particularly for women, the risk of conflict at work increases in so-called combi- and flex-offices and women are more bothered by noise in these types of office plans than men are. Increasingly popular combi- and flex-offices are activity-based designs that offer employees a choice of work environments for different activities. Flex-offices also mean no one has their own, individual workstation. Combi-offices, on the other hand, offer individual workspaces but are designed for team-based work. They are highly stressful, too, said Christina Bodin Danielsson, a researcher at Stockholms KTH Royal Institute of Technology School of Architecture & Built Environment and Stockholm Universitys Stress Research Institute. “In a combi-office, the fact that you work as a team could be a possible explanation for the environments negative impact on conflicts,” Danielsson said. The study was based on data collected by the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health, a nationally representative psychosocial survey of the Swedish working population. The study found that significantly fewer conflicts arise in large open office plans, where 25 or more people work. This was especially true for women, Danielsson said. But when it comes to combi-offices, Danielsson said that women are particularly vulnerable to the stress these designs create. “Although men are also affected, it seems that other factors play a larger role in the occurrence of conflicts among men. We found among women that most conflicts occur in the two activity-based office types, combined and flex office,” Danielsson said. Women were found to get into conflicts much less often in both medium (8.3 per cent of the time) and large open plan office (8.1 per cent) than men (11.9 and 17.4 per cent). The result confirms other studies that find women have less workplace conflicts. Of all office types, combi-offices are the only type where a significant increase in male conflicts can be found. When it comes to noise, considerably more women than men are bothered by it in small, medium and large open plan office, the study found. Among the men surveyed, 46.1 per cent of them reported being annoyed by noise in small open plan offices, compared to 59.5 per cent of women. Danielsson pointed out that existing studies show women are more sensitive to the social aspects of a workplace than men. Women give and receive more social support among colleagues, she said. “This might partly explain the differences we found between women and men in office design impact on the occurrence of conflicts,” she added. The findings were published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. PTI RCL AKJ AMSadvertisement