O-licence increase granted after skip operator addresses DVSA concerns
A skip hire business that responded promptly to maintenance concerns from the DVSA has been granted an increase in authorisation, albeit with a formal warning.
Hull-based Alan White, who trades as White’s Skip Hire, was given credit for responding to the DVSA investigation within two days of receiving the examiner’s report.
The examiner had identified shortcomings in the operator’s maintenance arrangements that included a higher than average MoT failure rate, an unacceptable prohibition history and an unsatisfactory driver defect reporting system.
Drivers’ hours and tachograph systems, however, were found to be satisfactory.
A public inquiry was told White had responded promptly to the DVSA report and had been in close contact with his maintenance provider to ensure checks were being carried out properly.
White had also implemented further training for drivers and had appointed a transport consultant to carry out compliance and tachograph checks every three months.
Deputy traffic commissioner Anthony Seculer gave the business permission for an increase in authorisation to 10 vehicles and three trailers, due to the positive response to the investigation and the assurances White had made about future compliance. However, a formal warning was recorded on the business’s O-licence.