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Operators sanctioned for lending O-licence discs

Nick Denton, traffic commissioner (TC) for London and the South East, has curtailed a London operator’s licence and disqualified a transport manager for three months after they were found to have aided an illegal vehicle operation.The TC has reduced Darrells Transport Services’ authorisation from two vehicles to one for three months after its director, Noel Darrell, specified an additional fuel tanker on the company’s O-licence without the knowledge of its transport manager.

Senior TC sets out what is expected of a transport manager

Senior traffic commissioner (TC) Beverley Bell has for the first time outlined the responsibilities the TCs expect transport managers to have and the number of hours they should work every week.In the revised Senior Traffic Commissioner’s Statutory Guidance, which was published today (14 December) and will take effect on 1 January 2016, the TC highlighted the activities a transport manager may be expected to carry out.

Charges brought in fatal bath tipper crash case

Avon and Somerset police have charged two men in connection with the fatal Bath tipper crash earlier this year. A statement today (10 December) said:  “We’ve charged two men in connection with the road traffic collision Bath in which four people died.

Alleged cartel investigation continues

Investigations into an alleged cartel involving truck manufacturers continue, more than a year after the European Commission (EC) first said it suspected anti-competitive behaviour.

O-licence curtailed for "shambolic" maintenance arrangements

A sole trader who maintained his trucks at an operating centre that was “materially unfit for purpose”, causing a raft of maintenance issues, has had his O-licence curtailed by Scotland’s traffic commissioner (TC) Joan Aitken.Isle of Harris-based Kenneth Maclennan, who trades as Maclennan’s Removals, had his O-licence authorisation reduced from two to one HGV for four months from 30 October. He was warned about his repute and professional competence as a transport manager.

Company fined £75,000 following fatal coupling incident

A dairy farm has been ordered to pay over £110,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed by a truck during a coupling operation on a slope.Shunter driver Paul Davidson was fatally injured when the vehicle rolled downhill and struck him at J&B Woodcock & Sons’ Chorley, Lancashire base in March 2012.He had reversed a tractor unit in preparation to couple it to a parked trailer of empty milk containers, which had been parked on a slope leading towards the dairy loading bay.

Slough aims to cut NOx with low emissions strategy

HGVs travelling through Slough could be forced to clean up their act after the council said it had been given government money to cut transport emissions.Although an official announcement has not been made, the funding award and plan were contained in a recent impact assessment report looking into an M4 widening scheme.