Skip firm O-licence suspended after director fails to stop for DVSA

Ashleigh Wight
November 29, 2016

 

A skip haulier has been suspended from operating trucks for two weeks after its director ignored the DVSA’s request to stop a vehicle.

David Barker, director at BSP (Knockholt), failed to stop for enforcement checks on the A282 Dartford Approach in July last year, claiming that it was not safe to do so.

Barker, who runs the Sevenoaks, Kent-based firm, was suspended from driving for eight weeks from 15 October following a driver conduct hearing in front of traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Denton last month.

The company’s O-licence, which authorises up to 18 vehicles and a trailer, has been suspended for 14 days from 3 December.

Two attempts to stop the truck were made following concerns that its load of four stacked skips had not been secured properly. Barker told the TC that the skips had been spot welded together and he therefore did not consider them an insecure load.

Despite Barker’s assertions that it would have been dangerous to follow the examiner, footage from cameras on board the DVSA stopping vehicle showed that there were no vehicles in the inside lane and the nearest vehicle in the second lane was at least 100 yards behind his truck.

The TC for London and the South East said Barker had been given sufficient time and opportunity to comply with the DVSA’s instructions and did not consider his excuse reasonable.

Barker had also not been using a tachograph card at the time and claimed it was faulty. However, he failed to take a print out from the unit and make a manual entry before he began driving as required by law.

Denton said: “DVSA enforcement officers had legitimate concerns about the safety of the vehicle’s load and made attempts to stop the vehicle for road safety reasons.

“As a professional driver, Mr Barker should have followed the vehicle to the check site. Instead, he made a decision to evade enquiries into his vehicle and driving compliance. That an examiner subsequently discovered an offence only adds further justification to DVSA’s decision to stop his vehicle.

“[This] does not reflect well on his own or the company’s fitness to hold a licence.”

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Ashleigh Wight

Ashleigh is a former news reporter for Commercial Motor and Motor Transport and currently the editor of OHW+ and HR and wellbeing editor at Personnel Today.

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