This topic covers the steps operators should take to implement effective and preventative maintenance regimes that will keep their vehicles roadworthy, prevent incidents or accidents and comply with the expectations of the Traffic Commissioners.
The proper maintenance of all vehicles is of paramount importance to road safety and Traffic Commissioners have to be satisfied about both the maintenance arrangements and the availability of sufficient finance to enable vehicles to be maintained properly before they can grant an operator’s licence (O-licence). They have the power to take disciplinary action if they consider that existing licence holders are failing to comply with the undertakings they gave when initially applying for their O-licence, in that they would maintain their vehicles in a roadworthy condition at all times. Proper maintenance also minimises breakdowns and assists maximum vehicle utilisation.
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