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Very nearly “too little too late” but Operator keeps licence after Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry

This Operator, represented by Harry Bowyer, had a deeply unsatisfactory compliance audit by the DVSA to the extent that his drivers had no written daily defect reporting scheme. The Operator was his own Transport Manager and had attempted to delegate many of his responsibilities to other members of staff.

SBC arranged for a competent Transport Consultant to audit the business and then spend some time updating and streamlining the company’s maintenance and drivers hours regimes. This was, as the Deputy Traffic Commissioner observed, very late in the day as little or no action had been taken when it should have been after the DVSA compliance audit – the operator needing the spur of the call in letter to reform his systems.

The Operator kept his licence subject to a number of undertakings and a temporary curtailment of his margin.

This case is a classic example of waiting until the wolf is actually at the door before calling in the lawyers rather than taking action when the DVSA first point out the problems. The earlier that you call for help the cheaper and less stressful it will be!

 

Case Details

Case Name: Very nearly “too little too late” but Operator keeps licence after Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry
Case Date: March 2017
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