An Essex operator has had two HGVs cut from its licence after the traffic commissioner expressed concerns at its lack of compliance regarding drivers’ hours management, defect reporting and maintenance. Thurrock Scaffolding Services appeared before TC Richard Turfitt via a video link after failing to provide financial evidence within a given deadline.
The firm, which operated six HGVs, then contacted the Office of the TC and said the pandemic’s impact had affected operations, but the statements it then provided still did not meet the required sum. Further paperwork submitted prior to the PI revealed preventative maintenance failings, no driver defect reports and examples of drivers’ hours infringement reporting, as well as a string of WTD infringements from one driver.
In evidence, director Joe Giggins said he had experienced serious health issues during the relevant period and all the pressures had been placed on co-director Ryan Johnson. Johnson admitted he had not paid proper attention to compliance of the licence requirements, but that both of them were adamant in their need for training and instruction.
In his written decision, the TC said the operator’s approach to the PI had been “fairly dismal”, but acknowledged it was a first appearance. Various undertakings were offered by the operator for prompt remedial action, which included training and audits and Turfitt said if these actions were completed then compliance could be achieved. However, he also pointed out that fitness had been severely tarnished and deterrent action was needed and so he curtailed the licence to four lorries.