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O-licence cut after serious tyre failings

  • 18 March 2014
  • By Roger Brown

Chesham-based J Hance Haulage has had its O-licence curtailed from four to two vehicles after it picked up prohibitions for serious maintenance failings, including one incident where the cords of a tyre were exposed and broken.

At a public inquiry in February in Cambridge, East of England traffic commissioner Richard Turfitt (pictured) examined a report from the DVSA (formerly Vosa and DSA) into the firm run by John Hance.

One truck had been 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.

In addition, a driver failed to produce tachograph records at the roadside and the annual test failure rate was at 67% over five years.

The TC disqualified Hance – who had possessed an acquired rights certificate – from being a transport manager.

By next month, all existing and new drivers at the firm will have to receive driver walk-around training.

Hance will need to take and pass CPC examinations before he can act as a transport manager again.


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