Plant hire haulier has O-licence revoked

Commercial Motor
January 22, 2013

A Carlisle plant hire haulier that unlawfully used an operating centre and failed to meet its obligations regarding vehicle maintenance, safety and operating standards, is to have its O-licence in the North West revoked.

Following a public inquiry (PI) held in Warrington earlier this month, Simon Evans, deputy traffic commissioner (TC) for the North West of England ruled that the licence held by Arran Potts and Carol Potts trading as Potts Plant Hire would end on 5 April.

He also curtailed the licence from two vehicles to one from 4 January.

The PI was told how a Vosa officer visited the plant firm’s Midgeholme operating base in September 2012 to inspect its vehicles and paperwork.

He discovered that the business had been illegally operating vehicles from a site in Haltwhistle in Northumberland since 2007 - which falls within the north eastern traffic area.

By the time of the inquiry, the deputy TC found that the business had still not made an application for permission to run vehicles from a premises in the North East.

On reviewing paperwork submitted by the operator, Evans noted that the partners had taken “no immediate action” to rectify this situation, with an application only made to add the Northumberland address - incorrectly - to its north-western licence in December 2012.

In his report to the deputy TC, the Vosa examiner also noted that defective vehicles had been issued with prohibition notices, paperwork relating to safety inspections was not complete and drivers had not been recording their daily visual defect checks.

Evans concluded that it was possible for Potts Plant Hire to fix the shortcomings found by the examiner, and said the business was free to apply for a new O-licence in the North East region.

The deputy TC said that if the operator was to continue in business it would need to adhere to several commitments relating to vehicle safety inspections, and have a maintenance audit carried out.


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