Liverpool fleet off for a wee
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Persistent overloading of refuse wagons operated by Onyx UK for Liverpool City Council has led to the entire fleet of 51 trucks based at Liverpool being suspended for seven days.
The suspension followed the company's appearance before North Western Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell at a Southport disciplinary inquiry. Evidence was given that a check on weight tickets obtained from a waste transfer station showed that refuse vehicles had been overloaded by more than 500kg on 335 occasions between 11 December 2000 and 4 March 2001( CM27 Sept-3 Oct).
Making the suspension order, the TC said that the company's own figures showed that refuse wagons were consistently overloaded until the end of August. The company knew that it had a problem and did not take fully effective action to prevent it.
deplore the company's complacency and continued failure to prevent overloading," Bell told the inquiry. She added that the action taken by Onyx to address the problem had not been enough and was too late.
She asked for, and was given, undertakings that drivers would undergo training; that she would be provided with copies of warnings issued to drivers in relation to overloading; that she would be provided With figures for the next 12 months showing
instances of overloading at the Livi depot and what remedial action was that she would be provided with a v report in six months' time showing procedures were in place to prevent loading: and that a new written discil procedure would be implemented.