Updated: Mar 29
A waste operator has had its licence taken away by the West Midlands Traffic Commissioner, Nick Denton.
After one of the firm's vehicles was stopped at the roadside, it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle didn't hold the required C category licence or a driver CPC.
This meant the vehicle was uninsured and it was also found to be untaxted. DVSA conducted a follow-up investigation and examiners found the uninsured vehicle had been driven without a driver card on two days. A second vehicle on the licence was also untaxed.
Maintenance inspection sheets were unsatisfactory and the former director admitted she didn't know what procedures the company had in place to monitor drivers’ hours.
At the public inquiry, the Traffic Commissioner found the operator hadn't taken any concrete action to improve things. He revoked the licence and disqualified the former director for three years.
It is vital that operators have suitable compliance management systems in place for vehicles and drivers. The consequences of non-compliance can be serious and an unsatisfactory roadside check will usually result in a more in-depth premises inspection by DVSA.
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