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“Own Maintenance” Causes Problems with the Traffic Commissioner – Operator Keeps Licence at Public Inquiry

The Operator in this matter, represented at Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry by Harry Bowyer, had an unsatisfactory DVSA visit. He was already on the radar of the Office of the Traffic Commissioner as his father had had his licence revoked. Amid a flurry of poor record keeping, prohibitions acquired, MOTs failed and an Adblue cheat device being found on one of his lorries the main problem was that the operator was driving his vehicles back from PMI without the faults being fixed by the maintenance provider.

This meant that, on occasion, his vehicles were travelling with known safety defects from PMI to the Operating centre where they may or may not have been fixed by the in house mechanic – the records did not confirm this.

The Operator had the good sense to contact a competent Transport Consultant who upgraded the record keeping of the company and instituted the practice of all repairs found by the maintenance provider being fixed by the maintenance provider at PMI.

The Operator received a formal warning and his repute as Transport Manager was tarnished but the licence was allowed to continue.

Case Details

Case Name: “Own Maintenance” Causes Problems with the Traffic Commissioner – Operator Keeps Licence at Public Inquiry
Case Date: February 2018
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