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Operator Loses Two Wheels But Retains Licence after Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry

This operator, represented by Barrister Helen Newbold, was called to Public Inquiry after losing two wheels from a 3rd axle and failing to demonstrate that they had complied with specific conditions on the licence regarding wheel torque training for all drivers.  Further failings were found in conjunction with PG9’s around braking deficiencies and air leaks.

The loss of the wheels immediately placed the company in line for a possible revocation of its licence and a disqualification of directors.  To assist the traffic commissioner Helen took the directors, transport manager and group transport manager through the procedures and policies that had been implemented in the weeks prior to the public inquiry. This included the engagement of a transport consultant to ensure complete compliance across all areas of the vehicle and driver fleet.

By clearly addressing all areas of concern and proposing realistic undertakings Helen was able to invite the traffic commissioner to impose a short two week curtailment of 10% of the fleet and a permanent curtailment of the margin until an independent audit was undertaken. At which point the company could make a further application to extend their fleet.

Case Details

Case Name: Operator Loses Two Wheels But Retains Licence after Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry
Case Date: September 2021
Case Type (info): Public Inquiry

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