Scottish paving specialist Granite Pave has O-licence curtailed for numerous offences


A Scottish stone paving specialist has had its O-licence curtailed to one vehicle from its current authorisation of six after an Edinburgh public inquiry.

Deputy TC Hugh Olson heard at the inquiry that the DVSA had found several shortcomings in the transport operation of Granite Pave both at a routine check and a later visit to the operating centre last year.

At the roadside check in January inspectors found that the digital tachograph had expired six months earlier and the ministry plate was missing from the vehicle.

A later visit to the operating centre in March found the centre untidy and congested, according to traffic examiner James Sweetin.

There were also, he said, a number of systems that were unsatisfactory.

These included drivers’ logs books not regularly checked and signed; no record of log books issued to drivers; digital cards not downloaded and therefore not analysed; inadequate records of driver licences and CPC qualifications; and inadequate maintenance records.

Granite Pave directors Steven Connelly and James McGonigle both attended the PI.

They accepted the DVSA findings but said that they had been overwhelmed by the rapid expansion of the business, and stressed their determination to be compliant in future. They said they did not need an authorisation for six vehicles but needed just one because of their use of sub-contractors.

The deputy TC said he accepted their assurances. He added: “I am prepared to give them the opportunity to demonstrate they can run a compliant operation at the level of authorisation they have requested.”