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O-licence is cut after loose nuts found on wheel

  • 16 July 2012
  • By Roger Brown

Purfleet-based Dixson Haulage has had its O-licence temporarily curtailed after a Vosa officer discovered seven of 10 nuts loose on a wheel fitted to one of its vehicles.

At a June public inquiry, held in Cambridge, Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) for the East of England, Marcia Davies, cut the firm’s authorisation by two vehicles from 15 to 13 for 28 days.

A Vosa vehicle examiner carried out an investigation into the company’s licence in December 2011, and concluded that the standard of driver daily vehicle checks was unsatisfactory.

Davies heard this was likely to have contributed to some of the mechanical defects identified on the company’s vehicles, when checked at the roadside.

The DTC heard that a total of nine prohibition notices had been issued by Vosa to the operator’s fleet since April 2010, two of these being “S” marked.

In October 2011, a Vosa officer found a defective driver seat belt in a Dixson Haulage truck, and two months later the agency discovered during a vehicle check that one the firm’s vehicles had seven out of its 10 wheel nuts loose, alongside other defects.

Davies attached several undertakings to the Dixson Haulage licence, committing the business to carry out driver auditing, provide driver training, ensure vehicles are given pre-MoT inspections and achieve a bronze assessment on Transport for London’s Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The company was also given 28 days to speak to its drivers about new disciplinary procedures and incorporate them into their employment contracts.


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