This post links to a page that will be updated regularly to highlight the Authority’s contractors or Highways England’s methods to extract excessive sums from drivers, fleets, hauliers or their insurers – also known as ‘Third Parties’ or ‘Third Patsies’* as it appears they are treated by the Authority and Kier.
*a person or party who is easily taken advantage of, especially by being cheated or blamed for something.
We will explain the deceptive practices that occur which Highway England turns a blind eye to, permits. Implausible?
- Read more about exaggeration here
- Fraud is not beneath them, read more here
- 08/2020, at proceedings instigated in the Authority’s name, their own witness confirmed what we have told Kier, Highways England and the lawyers they share, Shakespeare Martineau, for years – you are overcharging using contract non-compliant processes and rates. the Judge recorded:
para 36: ‘… the court cannot ignore the evidence given on behalf of the claimant (Highways England/Kier) by Mr Cairns. In summary, on this issue his evidence was to the effect that the costs calculated for the purposes of the claim did include uplifts for which he was unable to find authority within the contract.’ (judgement here).
Kier Highways have been utilising their own, contract non-compliant process for years, demanding and obtaining excessive payments in the name of the Authority who were aware of the conduct – even appointed KPMG to audit.
Do Kier Highways and Highways England expect to profit from claims? It appears so:
- the Authority has awarded a £3million contract to Shakespeare Martineau (Corclaim), coincidentally Kier Highways lawyers, who utilise ‘Coles vs Hetherton’ about which they wrote a post that they have since removed, about ‘inflating Costs to Make a Profit‘
- Kier Highways agreed to charge Third-Parties no more than cost plus an agreed uplift. But the contractor never complied with the process and the Authority, rather than insist Kier comply with the driver-protective section, changed the contract permitting the contractor to apply ‘Coles’ (above)