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Vehicle impounded for lack of O-licence

  • 21 January 2013
  • By Roger Brown

Traffic commissioner (TC) for Scotland, Joan Aitken, has refused an application from Dundee-based Tayside Scaffolding for the return of a truck that was impounded for running without an O-licence.

At a December public inquiry in Edinburgh, the TC was told how Vosa officers had first stopped the boss of the business Kerr Hay in November 2011 operating his two-axle rigid Iveco Cargo.

This was despite the business not holding a valid O-licence.

In February 2012, his vehicle was twice seen operating by an examiner, again without the required authority.

In response, Vosa issued four letters to Hay, warning that his vehicle would be impounded if he did not apply for and obtain a licence.

Tayside Scaffolding subsequently applied for a licence but this was refused when the business failed to meet all of the mandatory criteria.

In November 2012, Vosa officers detained the Iveco being driven by Hay on the A9 for not having an O-licence.

The agency impounded the vehicle, and Hay applied to the TC for its return.

However, in her written decision, TC Aitken said: “Vosa produced compelling evidence for their decision to detain the vehicle.

“Continuing to operate after Vosa has warned of the need for an O-licence can result in a vehicle being detained and the hardship and inconvenience which now Mr Hay and his companies will experience.”


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