Traffic commissioner curtails transport manager’s licence 08 February 2013

A licence-holder who did not fulfil his role as transport manager has been told by deputy traffic commissioner Mary Kane that his repute is "very badly damaged".

The commissioner also cut Daniel Frankham's vehicle authority in half and ordered the suspension of his licence on 28 March for four days.

However, he avoided losing his repute entirely after giving a commitment to nominate an additional transport manager to his licence.

Frankham, who trades as E&K Contractors, appeared before the traffic commissioner after an investigation by the VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) in September 2012 revealed that the operator had no forward planner for the year and there was no defect reporting system for drivers.

Additionally, the VOSA officer found a gap of one year and 17 weeks between safety inspections for the one of Frankham vehicle's. He had given a commitment to ensure routine safety checks would be undertaken every eight weeks.

The traffic commissioner concluded that Frankham had not fulfilled the duties of a CPC holder, except for ensuring vehicles were in a good condition.

In addition to making orders to curtail and suspend the licence, she also recorded three undertakings on Frankham's licence, including that a new transport manager will be nominated by 31 July 2013.

The operator is also now required to undergo an independent audit every six months and attend an operator compliance awareness seminar on 5 March, after which all drivers, mechanics and transport managers are required to receive annual training.

Brian Tinham

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