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EES suspended for two months

11th July 1996, Page 28
11th July 1996
Page 28
Page 28, 11th July 1996 — EES suspended for two months
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by Derren Hayes • An Essex operator that works for the EC and the Government has had its 0-licence suspended for two months for maintenance problems.

Europe Exhibition Services of Rumford, Essex will not be allowed to operate its three attics between 21 July-21 September. The firm uses the vehicles to transport exhibition stands to functions throughout Europe.

Vehicle Inspectorate examiner Richard Taylor told a London public inquiry that in February defect notices were issued to one of the company's artics.

There were no inspection sheets for either the tractors or the trailers and no maintenance planning system_ In 1994 the company was sent two warning letters for maintenance problems; in February 1994 one of its vehicles was issued with a delayed prohibition.

Martin Arthur, for the company, told the inquiry the firm had employed a new maintenance manager who had installed all the proper checking systems.

But managing director Alan Bolton was unable to produce comprehensive proof of this, saying that his maintenance contractor was too ill to pass on inspection sheets.

Suspending the licence, South East and Metropolitan Traffic Commissioner Brigadier Turner said: "The fact is since January 1995 there has been no evidence produced that the inspection of vehicles every 12 weeks has been stuck to at all."

He also asked to see tachograph records for the past year.

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