TC issues stern warning over ‘shadow directors’

It is the Directors listed at Companies House who are responsible in law, and if others interfere in the running of a company, Traffic Commissioners may make findings of shadow or de facto Directors.

This warning was sounded by Traffic Commissioner (TC) Richard Turfitt when Banbury-based Jeffs Travel appeared before him at a Cambridge Public Inquiry.

Jeffs Travel is owned by Barbados-based Island Fortitude Inc, which also owns a number of other coach and bus operators across Great Britain, collectively with O-Licences totalling almost 400 vehicles.

Island Fortitude is also the owner of Coventry-based dealership Kinglong Direct.

The owners of Island Fortitude, and its directors or ‘controlling minds’, have never been revealed and remain a closely-guarded secret.

The TC held that the company’s repute was tarnished but not lost after being given assurances by Directors Janette Harris and Sarah Bayliss.

He issued the Directors with a formal warning and reserved his decision pending the submission of further financial evidence.