18 February 2014

A Chesham haulier has been given two months to find a replacement transport manager after he was disqualified by East of England Traffic Commissioner, Richard Turfitt, from acting in the role.

John Hance was also told that he would need to take and pass Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) examinations before he can again seek to act as a transport manager himself.

He was called to a public inquiry after one of his vehicles was issued with a safety critical prohibition notice for a steered axle tyre tread worn beyond the legal limit, where the examiner found the cords exposed and broken.

This was classed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Traffic Commissioner as a most serious infringement.

In addition, one of the firm's drivers failed to produce tachograph records at the roadside and the annual test failure rate was at 67% over five years.

Concluding that Mr Hance’s repute as an operator had been tarnished by the vehicle examiner’s findings, Mr Turfitt made an order to curtail his licence from four to two vehicles.

He also recorded three undertakings on the licence, including that by April 2014 all existing and new drivers would have received driver walk-round module training.