Transport manager disqualified for forging maintenance records30 October 2017

A transport manager has been disqualified indefinitely after falsifying vehicle maintenance records.

Edwin James, from Barry, told a DVSA examiner that he had difficulty receiving paperwork from his maintenance provider, so had completed it himself.

However, the maintenance provider told the examiner that he had not carried out the inspections and the signatures were forgeries.

The DVSA investigation into James began after one of his vehicles was stopped and the trailer found to have a safety critical defect. During a subsequent visit to his operating centre in Foelgastell, Llanelli, examiners found further safety-critical defects and non compliance with drivers’ hours rules.

At a public inquiry in Cardiff on 3 October, Nick Jones, the traffic commissioner for Wales, congratulated the DVSA examiners on their thorough investigation.

The regulator revoked the vehicle operating licence held by James and disqualified from holding or obtaining another licence for seven years. He was also disqualified from acting as a transport manager for an indefinite period.

“Virtually all of the failings identified are down to his lamentable performance as a transport manager,” said the traffic commissioner.

Laura Cork

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