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Fleet curtailed after defects found on trailer brake

  • 25 July 2012
  • By Roger Brown

Ashbourne-based SA Transport has had its O-licence curtailed indefinitely from five to three vehicles after one the firm’s vehicles was stopped with a defect in the trailer’s brake mechanism and a tyre worn beyond the legal limit.

At a public inquiry in Warrington last month, the Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) for the North West of England Simon Evans was told how a Vosa vehicle examiner carried out a maintenance investigation into the firm in December 2011 after one of the firm’s trailers was inspected at the roadside and issued with an “S” marked prohibition for the brake defect and worn tyre.

The examiner found minor shortcomings in routine safety inspection paperwork, and was unable to find evidence that the required audits on his drivers had been carried out.

Evans imposed two additional undertakings on the firm: one that routine safety inspections be carried out every six weeks and another that further evidence relating to financial standing be supplied.


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