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Hauliers disqualified for misleading authorities

Nick Jones, The West Midlands Traffic Commissioner, has disqualified two haulage firms following investigations by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for drivers’ hours offences and unlicensed operations.

Sukhi Transport Ltd and GB Haulage Ltd were called to a public inquiry. The regulator was informed that employees at Sukhi Transport Ltd failed to record their duties correctly resulting in hidden drivers hours. The company could not account for over 8000 km of driver records and one driver was working without the correct licence and driver records were not being downloaded.

GB Haulage Ltd were reported for lending their licence to a business which was not authorised to run HGVs. ANPR records revealed that the offending vehicle had been on the road during some of the time it was said to be parked up. Two of the firm’s drivers were also reported for not keeping records of their duties.

Mr Jones also made orders against other individuals involved in the businesses, including Transport Manager. The Traffic Commissioner said he had “lamentably failed” to exercise the proper responsibilities of his role, resulting in numerous failings. His competence as a Transport Manager was woefully short of the minimum standard and he was disqualified from working in this role.

The authorities will continue to focus on the serially and seriously non-compliant operators.  See Smartanalysis and SmartLicence if you want to save yourself time, money and headaches in managing your compliance from just 25p per driver per working day.

Posted on: 23.05.2014

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