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Haulage firm ‘dangerously non-compliant’

  • 29 April 2014
  • By Roger Brown

South East traffic commissioner (TC) Nick Denton (pictured) has revoked the O-licence of Remarkable Recycling Solutions after finding it was running vehicles in a “shocking state.”

In a written decision following a public inquiry in Eastbourne, in March, the TC terminated the licence of the Poplar, East London-based recycling firm after concluding it had been grossly negligent while running HGVs.

He also disqualified director Joseph Esqulant from operating goods vehicles for 12 months. During the inquiry, Denton was told about the results of a DVSA investigation following a referral by the Industrial HGV Task Force (IHTF).

The company:
- repeatedly ran vehicles on the road with known defects – one had more than 40 defects, many of which made the vehicle unroadworthy;
- allowed two vehicles on the road with insecure loads – one of which posed a health and safety risk to the driver;
- had a driver convicted and banned from driving for a dangerous load offence;
- picked up two S-marked prohibitions for safety critical defects in the same month;
- allowed a driver with no qualifications to carry out routine safety inspections on vehicles because it was too expensive to pay a maintenance contractor;
- had not taken action against drivers committing offences relating to their duties;
- had no driver defect checks in place – the checks were being carried out wholly inadequately by the firm’s director;
- had no system for checking drivers had the correct driving licence, or for educating or disciplining drivers.

Denton said it was shocking for a business to continue running an HGV with 44 defects, with another found to be operating with 20 defects. He added: “Esqulant is still running a dangerously non-compliant operation more than five months after the first S-marked prohibition and four months after the DVSA’s visit.”

Esqulant told the TC that the defects were minor or not urgent and did not affect the roadworthiness of the vehicles. But the TC pointed out that some of the defects included inoperable brakes and headlights. When asked why the vehicles were not repaired, Esqulant said his vehicles “had to work” .

Denton accepted that there had been improvements to safety checks, driver defect reports and tachograph chart completion since the DVSA investigations.

However, he concluded that these were heavily outweighed by the failures of the firm and its director.

Denton said: “The recent safety checks make horrific reading, particularly when one realises that
most defects are going unrectified by the maintainer because he has not been requested by the operator to rectify them.”

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/haulage-firm-dangerously-non-compliant---tc