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Fire and Ice O-licence suspended for 28 days

  • 02 July 2014
  • By Roger Brown

South East Traffic Commissioner, Nick Denton (pictured) has suspended a Sussex-based event management firm from operating vehicles for 28 days after it ran a truck without a valid MoT.

Following a public inquiry in Eastbourne, the TC made the order against Fire and Ice Productions, based on the
Axiom Business Park, Balcombe Road, Horley, due to safety issues.

The PI was held after an investigation by the DVSA reported that the company:
. failed to carry out routine safety inspections on its vehicle;
. had not planned safety inspections in advance;
. did not have a system for drivers to report defects on their vehicle;
. operated its vehicle without a valid MoT;
. failed to analyse driver records to make sure they were working legally.

The vehicle’s MoT had expired on 31 August 2013, but the examiner found evidence from driver records to show it had been used on three separate occasions  since that  time. The vehicle had travelled about 310 miles without a valid test.

Denton also noted the business had failed to respond to the findings of the DVSA vehicle examiner when requested to do so.

In evidence to the TC, the company’s director Alasdair Adam told Denton that he had undertaken O-licence management training, along with another member of staff who was responsible for checking driver records.

In addition, the firm’s drivers had completed their mandatory driver CPC training before the September deadline and drivers’ records were now being collected and  analysed. 

The company had also employed a transport consultant to help it introduce proper systems.

Denton considered the negative and positive aspects of the case and concluded that it was proportionate to take regulatory action against the company’s licence.

The order to suspend the licence for 28 days commenced on 4 June and ended on 1 July.


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