Haulage director disqualified for three years for breaking ‘all the rules’28 January 2015

The director of a Sheerness-based haulage firm is beginning a three-year disqualification today (28 January), after he was found to have blatantly ignored all the basic legal requirements of a transport operation.

Traffic commissioner Nick Denton (pictured) said Steven Heard of CTR Tipping Services employed sustained and deliberately illegal practices.

At a public inquiry in November, the traffic commissioner for London and the South East also revoked the operating licence of CTR Tipping Services.

Denton was told by DVSA examiners that the haulier had breached several safety and licensing standards.

In particular, maintenance inspections were not performed to schedule. One vehicle had not been inspected for seven months, when checks should have taken place every six weeks.

Eight prohibitions had been issued to the firm's vehicles in the last five years after roadside checks. On one vehicle, all 10 wheel nuts were loose – evidence, the commissioner was told, of a significant failure in the maintenance systems, as well as a serious threat to road safety.

Other failings involved driver defect reporting, management of drivers' hours, bouncing cheques issued for tax discs, and ignoring requests for driver record information from inspectors.

The nominated transport manager, Richard Heard, was disqualified from acting as transport manager for 12 months.

Laura Cork

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