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Short curtailment for scaffolder over maintenance doubts

A Stevenage scaffolding company has had its licence for three HGVs cut by one after a TC found failings in driver defect reporting and vehicle maintenance.

However, the curtailment of Wise Scaffold Services’ licence was for just one week after Eastern TC Richard Turfitt heard evidence about the changes the firm had implemented to improve the situation.

The operator had previously received a formal warning in 2016 as a result of financial issues and had then appeared at a PI in 2018 where its fitness was found to have been tarnished. The latest PI took place due to concerns that driver defect reporting was not being sufficiently managed and evidence that a change in maintenance provider had not been declared. A vehicle examiner investigation found there was a general adherence to undertakings and maintenance records were readily available and filed correctly, but he retained concerns about the quality of driver walk-round checks.

TC Turfitt said fitness had been tarnished, but he noted the changes implemented by its director Grace Provencal-Wise. He said: “Intervention is required, in order to ensure that standards are attained and sustained. I have seen emails illustrating the director’s level of engagement there. On that basis I would agree with [company solicitor] Ms Evans’s assessment that the case falls within the ‘moderate’ starting point for intervention.”