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Another Restricted Licence Holder Keeps Their Licence After Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry

A Restricted Licence holder, represented at the Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry by barrister Harry Bowyer, was called into Public Inquiry. There were concerns over missing inspection records, poor forward planning resulting in missed and late PMIs, there was no effective driver defect reporting system in place and a poor annual MOT history. Having received some questionable advice the operator was attempting to fit his operation into one of the derogations which he was told excused him from the requirement to monitor his drivers’ hours through tachographs.

To turn things around the Operator had instructed a competent transport consultant to conduct an audit and fix his systems. By the time of the Public Inquiry the operator was operating an effective daily defect system, had updated his forward planner, had had a productive meeting with his maintenance provider and was well on the way to getting on top of his drivers hours.

At Public Inquiry he was allowed to keep his licence subject to a temporary curtailment by 2 vehicles and a number of undertakings. He was granted a variation to allow two trailers on his licence.

Lesson: You don’t know what you don’t know. If in doubt get professional help before you are found out by the DVSA or the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. It will be expensive but much cheaper than a Public Inquiry and you will sleep a lot better!

Case Details

Case Name: Another Restricted Licence Holder Keeps Their Licence After Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry
Case Date: November 2017
Case Type (info): Public Inquiry

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