Yelloway cut back
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• Yelloway Motor Services has been banned from registering any further local services and the vehicle authority on its PSV licence has been cut by 15 vehicles by acting North Western Traffic Commissioner Keith Waterworth.
The commissioner was told of tremendous pressure to make vehicles available for traffic requirement, and that a fleet inspection had been ordered because of the poor condition of vehicles submitted for annual test, high retest failures rates and an accumulation of prohibitions. Following the inspection of 42 vehicles in February, 38 prohibitions, of which 33 were immediate, were issued. A total of 145 immediately dangerous defects were discovered, and 163 which were likely to become dangerous within a short period.
In March a Yelloway coach collided with a number of stationary vehicles on the motorway and in April a Yelloway Bus, which struck a schools crossings person, was found to have braking efficiency lower than the minimum requirement. The same day there was an anonymous telephone call from a Yelloway driver alleging that three vehicles reported by drivers to be unroadworthy had been put back on the road without proper repair. A lot of effort had put in by the company's engineering staff since February and its new fleet engineer was trying hard to improve the situation.
ATL Holdings director with overall responsibility for Yelloway, Houston Ramm, said the management structure had been re-organised and the engineering department now had the power to prohibit a vehicle from going on the road. A brake tester would be installed within the next week.