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Too little money for maintenance

12th May 1988, Page 7
12th May 1988
Page 7
Page 7, 12th May 1988 — Too little money for maintenance
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John Porter and Robert Whaley (Stapleton Removals and Transport, of Long Eaton)

II The two vehicles licence held by John Porter and Robert Whaley, trading as Stapleton Removals and Transport, of Long Eaton, has been revoked by Pastern Licensing Authority Brigadier Compton Boyd.

The LA was told that an immediate prohibition had been imposed on a vehicle found to have inoperative rear brakes in October of last year. It took some time to clear the prohibition, and 516km on the clock between the imposition and clearance of the prohibition suggested the vehicle had been used while prohibited. There were no inspection records available and the frequency of 12 weeks between inspections was far too great.

Porter said that when he picked the vehicle up from the garage undertaking the repairs he was not told that the prohibition had not been cleared. He had not knowingly used the vehicle while subject to a prohibition.

Porter said he could not explain the 516km, so he must have used the vehicle. Since the vehicle examiner's visit, it had had a new engine in November and work had been carried out on it in February.

After the LA had commented that those were not maintenance inspections, Porter said the vehicle had not been regularly inspected as suggested by the vehicle examiner as he could not afford it. The vehicle had been taken by the commercial garage in part payment of £1,300 it was owed.

Porter said he had tried very hard to make a go of the business for three years. He would like to try again some time in the future, when he had enough money, as he knew where the mistakes had been made.

His partner, said Porter, had left the business in 1986, which was the main reason he got into the financial difficulties that he did Revoking the licence, the LA said that it was quite clear that the vehicle had been used while prohibited. That was a cardinal sin. Porter clearly could not keep the vehicle in a fit condition because of the lack of money and the LA's job was to protect the public.

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