UK rental company Baldwins Crane Hire’s transport division, Baldwins Support Services and been granted a full Operating Licence by the office of the Traffic Commissioner for its locations in the North East and Welsh traffic areas. The new licences - granted 15 months after the previous ones were revoked - are valid for five years.
The company has also invested in five new Nooteboom five axle step trailers, and ordered a 450 tonne, eight axle Liebherr LTM 1450 8.1 All Terrain crane.
Baldwins was granted the full licences a month earlier than originally planned, after successfully passing investigations by DVSA and forensic audits by auditors during the interim period. The company lost its licence in 2016, after drivers were caught falsifying their records. A one year interim licence with restrictions was granted in January when undertakings were given regarding transport drivers being involved in rigging cranes and the involvement of chairman Richard Baldwin. See Baldwins to lose its transport licence
The company said: “Under the direction of transport director Marcus Gough, Baldwins Support Services looks to continue its transport operations whilst maintaining the highest possible standards of compliance”
Speaking of the new trailers Gough added: “Baldwins and Nooteboom have a long established working relationship, this is a significant investment, which will aid our effectiveness by increasing the pay loads, whilst remaining within the constraints of the Vehicle Special Order.”
Nooteboom UK director John Houghton said: “Nooteboom are very happy to support Baldwins with their growing fleet requirements and would like to thank them for their continued loyalty shown in our product.”
The Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 features an 85 metre main boom and can travel complete with full boom, outriggers and winch within 12 tonne axle loads. The crane features the VarioBallast adjustable counterweight, and Variobase outrigger set up system. It will be delivered in January.