Computer system fails to satisfy TC

Chris Tindall
January 27, 2021

A Bedford haulier operating 16 lorries has agreed to have a full audit carried out after a traffic commissioner said he had concerns over its compliance.

TC Richard Turfitt said K&D Izzard Haulage hadn’t demonstrated compliance with its statutory duties because its new computer system wasn’t configured to provide the evidence he required. The operator appeared at a Cambridge public inquiry after a DVSA maintenance investigation conducted in January 2020 found roller brake checks were not being documented; there was no evidence of rectification work following driver defect reporting and issues with brake testing.

Five months later, the DVSA conducted a follow-up desk-based assessment, which uncovered a host of issues, including no evidence first use checks were being carried out; who managed the system; who drivers report defects to, or of how non-compliance and discipline were dealt with.

At the PI, the TC said that there were issues with the company’s computer system: “[Izzard] attempted to attached screen prints of the brake test print outs, but it’s impossible to read them,” he said. It would appear that the system, as currently configured, may be capable of meeting some of the undertakings on the operator’s licence but not that pertaining to the production of inspection records upon request.”

The company was given six months to submit a full compliance audit.

About the Author


Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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