FOR years they have brazenly ripped off customers.
But now One Way Van Hire and its unscrupulous owners, the subject of a series of Olive Press exposes, could have met their end.
‘Customer service manager’ Jonathan Eggett, a key driver, has been banned from driving for 40 months by Lincolnshire Magistrate’s Court after failing to provide a specimen for breath analysis and driving without insurance.
He was also fined €860 and made to pay costs of €540.
Meanwhile, his father and business partner Jeremy Griffiths, based in the Axarquia, has taken their One Way Van Hire website offline, as well as their other business, the disgraced courier firm Pet Taxi.
One angry customer Tod Cury, owed over €1,000 by Eggett, has even set up a new website www.onewayvanhire.eu to warn others about the pair.
Cury was left high and dry after paying for a van to move from England to Spain in September which was never delivered.
After being fobbed off with excuses by Eggett, he eventually had to hire another vehicle last minute but never received a penny back from One Way Van Hire.
“I would urge anyone to not do business with the individuals or their companies. Although these two websites are offline, they have been known to operate under different names,” said Cury.
“I intend to keep the pressure on both Jonathan and Jeremy until I have my money,” he added.
Griffiths’ Pet Taxi business was first exposed in the Olive Press in August 2012, when an expat family’s beloved pug died while being transported to England.
Dianne Lunt, 56, who lived in Marbella for 28 years, alerted the authorities after dog Wasabi allegedly collapsed from heat exhaustion and suffered a cardiac arrest on the journey.
The dog belonged to her daughter Amy, who set up a website denouncing the firm (pettaxitransport.com) which claims at least six dogs have died in their hands.
Later that year an expat couple began pursuing legal action against Griffiths after the brakes failed on a van they had hired to transport belongings to England.
Retired prison service worker David Steel and wife Ann took the van to mechanics who said they ‘didn’t know how we’d got that far alive’.
“They described the van as a death trap and refused to release the vehicle until all the repairs had been done. It was a nightmare, we could have been killed,” he told the Olive Press.
Since then, the list of disgruntled customers owed money or hired dangerous vans has increased manifold.
Both the Olive Press online stories and a TripAdvisor forum are awash with more unhappy customers.
Despite the many complaints, newspaper Sur in English has continued to run advertising for his Pet Taxi company on its back page.
An ex-girlfriend of Jonathan’s told the Olive Press last night: “I don’t have much to do with him or Jeremy, but I know Jonathan was still hiring vans a few weeks ago.”
Jeremy Griffiths did not respond to the Olive Press’ requests for comment.