Hire firm sent to Coventry for compliance failings

HSE

A Coventry skip hire firm has been booted out of the industry after a traffic commissioner described its record of compliance as “dismal”.

Jordan Pointon, trading as JMP Waste & Transport Services, was also disqualified from holding or obtaining an O-licence for two years and disqualified from acting as a transport manager for three years.

Pointon held a standard international licence for the two HGVs and three trailers but a DVSA investigation in March raised concerns about the operation of his company.

It found Pointon was operating four vehicles regularly and there was a high MOT failure rate of 75% over the life of the licence.

In addition, safety inspection records showed missing inspections and there was no evidence of any brake tests, among a host of other issues.

At a public inquiry, Backhouse Jones solicitor Andrew Woolfall told West Midlands TC Nick Denton that Pointon accepted there had been many failings and that he had spread himself too thinly as maintainer, transport manager, operator and driver.

However, he now wanted to concentrate on a restricted licence for the company and he was bringing people into the company and contracting out maintenance.

Pointon said he fully accepted his failings, but had not been deliberate and were down to poor management and taking on too much.

In a written decision, TC Denton said: “I found little evidence that Mr Pointon had effected any real improvement since the DVSA report in March.

“His claim that he had introduced quarterly roller brake tests in January 2020 could not be substantiated by the documentary evidence, which showed only one such brake test across the fleet.

“The new maintenance contract with an outside provider had only recently been concluded.

“The RHA tachograph analysis had only been carried out at the end of August, a few days before the public inquiry.

“Refresher training had only recently been booked and had not yet taken place.”

He added: “Mr Pointon’s actual record of compliance is dismal: he has operated with little regard not only for maintenance procedures but also for drivers’ hours and tachograph rules, for the rules relating to the number of vehicles which he is authorised to operate and for laws relating to tax and MOT.”

The TC also refused an application by JMP Waste and Transport Services.

Crick’s new trailer offers half as much again

Crick Trailer Sales has launched a new sliding bogie tipper trailer, claimed to offer up 50% more capacity than a rigid equivalent. 

The company alleges it can transport up to 29.5 tonnes of aggregate in its extended position, maxing out the legal 44-tonne limit, compared to the 19.7-tonnes of a conventional 8x4 rigid running at 32 tonnes.

It is fitted with an SAF Holland hydraulic drive system and the body can be shortened for manoeuvrability and stability purposes. Activated via a button in the cabin, the rear hydraulic drive axle wheels are said to offer another 600 newton metres of torque.

The company said the trailer remained stable at 8.5 degrees with a load of 28.9 tonnes during a test at MIRA.

“In recent years, articulated tipping vehicles have been gaining popularity in aggregate sector operations, as there are clear savings to be made from larger payloads and fewer journeys,” said Crick’s technical sales representative, Scott Pagano.

“The unique chassis design of the sliding bogie tipper also ensures higher levels of safety for operators and greater manoeuvrability, which makes the vehicle easier to drive.

“Now, with the addition of the hydraulic drive system from SAF Holland, our sliding bogie tipping trailer delivers the complete package when compared with an 8x4 rigid tipper. In addition to greater tipping stability, the trailer is equipped with all the extra traction operators need when faced with the most adverse off-road ground conditions.”