TC refuses to return impounded vehicle

first_imgThe TC found that the owner of the vehicle had lied about his knowledge of the vehicle being used as a minibus, and subsequently failed to attend the PITraffic Commissioner (TC) Nick Denton refused to return an impounded minibus after the claimant failed to appear at a Birmingham Public Inquiry.‘There was no tachograph fitted and the driver was not keeping a record of the journey’Ian Polisciou, of Halesowen, had sought the return of a 17-seater minibus on the grounds that he was the owner and did not know it was being operated unlawfully without a PSV O-Licence, as he had allowed a friend to borrow it to take friends and family members to work. He himself used the vehicle for house clearance purposes.Traffic Examiner (TE) Kate Cox said that the minibus was checked on 19 May at Amazon Rugeley when operated by Anatolie Postolachi, trading as Victorya Travel, of Burnt Hill Lane, Rugeley. The vehicle was transporting 16 passengers and was not displaying an O-Licence disc, and a search of the database could find no trace of an O-Licence. The driver, Valentin Agapi, confirmed that the passengers had paid Victorya Travel and that he was paid by the firm to drive. The TC said that he considered that Mr Polisciou knew perfectly well what the vehicle was being used forThere was no tachograph fitted and the driver was not keeping a record of the journey. There was no seating capacity marked, no first aid kit, no fire extinguisher and the driver was not carrying evidence of a Driver CPC. The vehicle was not insured for the driver and the police dealt with that matter.She arranged to interview Mr Postolachi but received a text stating that he had sold the vehicle and had left the country forever. DVSA received information that the vehicle was still being operated and had been seen dropping workers off at Amazon. On 20 July she observed the minibus pull up outside the entrance of Amazon and offload 10 passengers who paid cash to the driver. There was no tachograph fitted, the driver was not keeping a record of his duties and the journey, and there was no legal lettering, no first aid kit and no fire extinguisher. The rear emergency doors were blocked by seating. The driver, Ion Hariton, said that he was working for Victorya Travel. He was issued with fixed penalty notices for failing to keep a record and for not having a driver CPC.She telephoned the number she had received in the text and spoke to Mr Postolachi. He confirmed that he was the operator of the vehicle and she said that the vehicle was being impounded. She asked whether he was in the country and he said no.In reply to the TC, TE Cox said that the vehicle was a standard minibus though the windows were slightly unusual. It was not in the best condition. The seats were fixed and it appeared to be regularly used as a minibus.The TC said that he considered that Mr Polisciou knew perfectly well what the vehicle was being used for. He had not attended the hearing despite requesting it. He was not present to produce evidence of ownership or to say how it was used for rubbish clearance when it had 16 seats. He was satisfied that the seating was permanent.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for May 9, 2019

first_img RelatedDriver in fatal crash still not identifiedBY SASHA HELLER Managing Editor [email protected] Authorities with the Laguna Vista Police Department have not yet identified the driver of a Cadillac Escalade that was involved in a fatal, one-car accident last Tuesday on Farm to Market Road 510. Rebecca Haugh, of Laguna Vista, who was walking with her husband…May 8, 2014In “News”A Message to Spring Breakers from the Mayor of South Padre IslandWelcome to South Padre Island for Spring Break 2012! On behalf of the City Council, I would like to welcome you to the beautiful community of South Padre Island. As you know, we have many opportunities for you to enjoy yourself during your visit and I would like to provide…March 1, 2012In “Opinion & Advice”South Padre Briefs• Parents, make plans to bring your children to the Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the South Padre Island Farmers Market on Sunday, March 31. The egg hunt begins at 12:15 p.m. and some lucky participants will walk away with special Easter eggs that contain prizes. The public is…March 27, 2013In “South Padre Parade” Share Dear Editor,I’m looking for a witness to a two car accident that occurred in Port Isabel on Friday, May 3rd just after 5 p.m. A white SUV traveling south on Manatou Street was struck by a gray car traveling west on Highway 100, (Queen Isabella Blvd.).Note: this accident happened at an intersection where the lights have not been working for several months but were working on May 3. Please contact Steve 956-761-9900 or email [email protected] or text 956-2389500 if you have any information.Steve Hathcock South Padre IslandDear Editor,My family and I enjoyed a beautiful week of sun and fun on the Island April 13 – 20.We went to the Visitor’s Center, Farmer’s Market, Birding and Nature Center, Sea Turtle Inc., Isla Blanca Park, Danny B’s Bay Fishing, Butterfly Park, John L. Tompkins Park, and more. We also enjoyed many shops and restaurants, most notably Lobo del Mar, South Padre Island Brewing, Painted Marlin, Dolce Roma, Cafe Karma, Aloha Shaved Ice, Friends of Animals Rescue, and Waters Edge Gallery.There was so much to see and do while on the Island that we have plenty of things still left on our bucket list for our next visit.The only disappointment we had (besides the weekend traffic) was the shocking lack of environmental stewardship throughout the Island. Each morning on our beach walks we took shopping bags along to gather trash; we picked up endless numbers of straws, plastic bottle caps and cigarette butts especially outside of beach side businesses. When we took a drive to the north end of the Island to enjoy the Padre Island National Seashore we could not walk five feet without coming across significant amounts of garbage of all kinds.The beauty of the Island and the success of its economy is inherently tied to the health of the environment. We strongly urge island leaders to develop and implement a plan that builds a more environmentally responsible community. Critical elements must include reducing dependence on single use plastic that ultimately ends up in the ocean: eliminating plastic straws and the plastic condiment containers that every restaurant uses with abandon are a good first start. It is also necessary to hold beachside businesses accountable for keeping beaches clean.Also, please make recycling a priority on the Island and easy for people to do; our condominium complex didn’t even have a recycling collection bin so we had to drive what we had collected to City Hall. There are trash receptacles at every beach entrance but not a single recycling bin.We look forward to our next visit. We are hoping when we arrive that we find a more environmentally responsible community, which would give us even more reasons to love SPI!Sincerely, Melissa Garves Colgate, WIDear Editor,May 6 – 10 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers are the backbone of any school district and while many think teachers have it made (I mean what other job is there that you get the whole summer off), then think again.Teachers are a Godsend because they do not do it for the money! I believe teachers that stay in the profession do it because they have a special gift from God, a calling on their life. While the following account is imaginary and origin unknown, I believe this description of teachers is very real! The Creation of the Teacher The Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of ‘overtime’ and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility, for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children. An angel appearedto Him and said, “You are taking a long time to figure this one out.” “Yes,” said the Lord, “but have you read the specs on this order?”Teacher : must stand above all students, yet be on their level; must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught; must run on coffee and leftovers; must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time; must have more time for others than for herself/himself; must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents; must continue teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive; must have six pairs of hands.“Six pair of hands,’ said the angel, “that’s impossible.” “Well,” said the Lord, “it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!” The angel looked incredulous, “Three pairs of eyes… on a standard model?” The Lord nodded His head, “One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher’s head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The pair of eyes in the front is only to look at the child as he/ she ‘acts out’ in order to reflect, ‘I understand and I still believe in you,’ without so much as saying a word to the child.”“Lord,” said the angel, “this is a very large project and I think you should work on it tomorrow.” “I can’t,” said the Lord, “for I have come very close to creating one that comes to work when he/she is sick… teaches a class of children that donot want to learn… has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own… understands the struggles of those who have difficulty… never takes the students for granted…”The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating. “It is too soft-hearted,” said the angel. “Yes,” said the Lord, “but also tough, you cannot imagine what this teacher canendure or do, if necessary.” “Can this teacher think?” asked the angel. “Not only think,” said the Lord, “but reason and compromise.”The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the teacher’s cheek. “Well, Lord, “said the angel, “your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this model. You cannot imagine thestress that will be placed upon the teacher.” The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher’s cheek. It shone and glistened in the light. “It is not a leak,” He said, “It is a tear.” “A tear, what is that?” asked the angel, “What is a tear for?”The Lord replied with great thought, “It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task.It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a newclass.”“My, “said the angel, “The tear thing is a great idea… You are a genius!” The Lord looked somber, “I didn’t put it there!”Teachers are truly a gift from God. Hug a teacher and thank them for the impossible job that they do. “Thank you PIISD teachers. You are awesome!”Mickey Furcron, PIISD Trustee Port Isabellast_img read more