The Traffic Commissioner has stripped the owners of a Manchester chauffeur firm of its licence following a prosecution for car clocking.
John Murphy, owner of PCS Limited was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud at Chester Crown Court in February along with four colleagues. Now, the Traffic Commissioner has revoked the company’s operators licence with immediate effect.
Paul Arslanian, 38, has also been disqualified as acting as Transport Manager for the firm indefinitely.
Murphy, 67 was sent to prison for three years after a three-year trading standards investigation by Warrington Borough Council and Halton Borough Council – the biggest probe of its kind carried out by them. Arslanian was jailed for 27 months for his part in the car clocking case.
It was found that more than 100 vehicles had been clocked, with evidence of clocked vehicles dating from 2008 to 2014. The minimum amount of clocking which is believed to have taken place is 7.5 million miles.
PCS chauffeurs employs around 250 staff from their Runcorn operation, running a fleet of around 150 vehicles, predominantly Mercedes vehicles. The chauffeur company provides services to a number of blue-chip clients with their largest client being Emirates Airline.