We represented a large operator of goods vehicles called to a Traffic Commissioner’s public inquiry. The grounds for call-up included numerous tachograph offences, fixed penalties for overloading and convictions, as well as maintenance related issues.
We met with the operator, transport manager, and all drivers and represented all parties at Court. We assisted with improvements to driver walkaround, defect reporting and safety inspection procedures. More particularly tachograph analysis was much improved at the time of the public inquiry following compliance auditing and the appointment of a new Transport Manager.
We took all parties through their evidence and made detailed representations and were able to persuade the Traffic Commissioner to deal with all but one of the drivers by way of a formal warning. The operator’s licence was curtailed by 5 vehicles but this had no detrimental impact upon the business. The Transport Manager retained his good repute and the Traffic Commissioner was satisfied with the appointment of the new Transport Manager.
“If you have been called to an operator licensing public inquiry we recommend seeking legal advice at the earliest opportunity so that any issues can be identified and we can help you best prepare.”