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.

These include managing, auditing and reviewing compliance systems; reviewing prohibitions or annual test failures; notifying the TC of any changes; and keeping up to date on changes in legislation.

The document also suggested what TCs expect as a starting point in terms of hours worked by a transport manager, which range from two to four hours a week for a fleet of two vehicles or fewer, to full time with additional assistance for operations running more than 50 trucks.

The guidance also sets out the level of financial standing required from 1 January 2016. This has fallen from £7,000 to £6,650 for the first vehicle, and from £3,900 to £3,700 for each additional vehicle for standard O-licence holders. Financial standing rates for restricted O-licence holders remain the same (£3,100 and £1,700 respectively).

From January the TCs will also be able to delegate more work to their staff, including the ability to grant applications made by companies that have committed certain road traffic offences, excluding drivers’ hours and weights and dimensions offences; and adding or removing undertakings.

Decisions to hold a public inquiry, review an operating centre or grant a period of grace will, among others, remain with the TC.

Senior TC Bell said: “The changes to the statutory documents are designed to streamline processes, extend delegation to our staff and give better guidance so that decisions can be made more quickly.

"These changes will help to deliver a more efficient and effective licensing regime for compliant operators.”

Daf dealer Brian Currie celebrates 40 years

Independent Daf dealership Brian Currie (Milton Keynes) has celebrated 40 years in business with a cake cutting ceremony.

The company - which also specialises in Fiat Professional and Volkswagen Commercials products - now operates out of nine sites with its head office at Bleak Hall, Milton Keynes.

Truck mechanic Currie, originally from Stockton-on-Tees, started the company at a facility in Newport Pagnell with his wife, Pat and just three customers.

The business grew steadily after being appointed a Daf truck service dealer in 1980, and now provides vehicles, parts, servicing and aftersales to more than 1500 clients including Royal Mail and River Island.

It currently employs about 160 staff.

Currie, now part time company chairman; and his wife, part time company secretary still take a very active role in the business.

Their son Philip is general manager at the Northampton Daf site and daughter Heather is aftersales manager in the Volkswagen Van Centre.

Brian Currie said: "We have seen many changes in the truck and van industry over the years and have worked hard to adapt to these changes.

“At the heart of our business is exceptional customer service and loyalty to our staff and our continued success reflects that."

. Brian and Pat Currie celebrating the company's anniversary with a Daf truck-shaped cake.