Skip operator allowed to run extra vehicles after ‘prompt’ response to DVSA

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A Hull-based skip operator has been given permission to run extra vehicles at a public inquiry, after Deputy Traffic Commissioner Anthony Seculer said the firm had responded promptly and appropriately to an unsatisfactory maintenance investigation by DVSA.

Alan White, who trades as White’s Skip Hire, was reported to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner after a vehicle examiner identified shortcomings in the operator’s maintenance arrangements. This included a higher than average MOT failure rate, an unacceptable prohibition history and unsatisfactory driver defect reporting.

During a public inquiry in Leeds on March 28, the Deputy Traffic Commissioner found that White had responded promptly and appropriately to the shortcomings identified by DVSA.

He noted that White had been in close contact with his maintenance provider regarding their checking and reporting and had initiated further training for drivers. He had also engaged an independent consultant to carry out three monthly compliance and tachograph checks.

White responded to the agency’s investigation within two days of receiving the examiner’s report.

A DVSA traffic examiner reported that the operator’s drivers’ hours and tachograph related systems were satisfactory.

The Deputy Traffic Commissioner found that he could conclude the inquiry by recording a formal warning on the licence, given White’s positive responses and the assurances provided. He also determined that the fleet increase could be approved.


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