Regulator puts brakes on scaffolding firm22 November 2017

The owner of a Blaydon-on-Tyne scaffolding business has lost his transport licence and been disqualified from running vehicles for two years because he posed a “serious risk to road safety”.

At a public inquiry on 8 November in Leeds, Tim Blackmore, traffic commissioner for North East of England, said he had no evidence that Craig Scott would meet safety and licensing standards in the future.

Scott did not attend the hearing and had allowed his licence to lapse in October 2017.

DVSA inspectors stopped one of Scott’s vehicles in Newcastle. Scott was driving and the truck had no MOT or tax. Records showed the same vehicle had failed its previous MOT on brake-related faults.

Scott did not comply with the DVSA investigation, twice failing to be available for interview.

“Trust in this operator is broken,” said the regulator. “I am clear that he has neither the knowledge nor desire to comply in the future; this strikes at the heart of the principles of road safety and fair competition on which the operator licensing system is founded.”

Laura Cork

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