www.nolgvbrokers.co.uk recently posted that HGV training brokers Direct LGV “appeared” to have ceased trading. The article below is taken from The Daily Mirror website and dated 20th June 2012. It confirms what was suspected.
That LGV Direct has gone bust leaving students without training and out of pocket.
Investigative journalists Andrew Penman and Nick Sommerlad report.
Trucker training firm Direct LGV hits skid row
The misery caused by HGV training firms continues, with the latest disaster in this unregulated, shambolic industry being Direct LGV.
Andrew Keating, of Sharnbrook, Beds, paid the firm 2,100 pounds in December 2011 and is still waiting for his course. He said: “I’ve complained, but they ignore me or fob me off.”
Jonathan Payne told us: “Though they were most willing to take my money from me, they have consistently failed with the promised training dates.”
Mike Gallacher of Coventry managed to get a £1,850 refund cheque. But it bounced.
Direct LGV, which is the trading name of KHMO Limited, based in London’s Docklands, does not itself have any trucks, it is just a broker that pays – in theory – other companies to carry out the driving instruction.
When James Dove of Norfolk turned up to take his test, the training firm stopped him because it was still waiting for payment from Direct LGV.
The director of this shower was 28 year old Haaris Khawaja Mahmood (above), at least until he was made bankrupt last November.
Its website now says that the firm has ceased trading and anyone owed money should contact the insolvency firm FA Simms & Partners Limited on 01455 555 444, adding: “It is not possible at this stage to advise if you will get any money back.”
Yesterday, all Mahmood would tell us was: “You’re a reporter? I can’t comment about this, you will have to speak to the administrators.”