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Too good to be true

11th October 2001
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

If something seems too good to be true it probably is. That's certainly th case with TAN2i, the long-awaited computerised Operator Licensing system that's so late it's now beyond a joke. When, back in April, CM revealed the proposed radical shakeup of the way Traffic Area Offices communicate with road hauliers we welcomed the most positive advance since the dawn of qualitative Operator Licensing.

Finally, through the long-overdue application of new technology, we'd see an end to the ridiculous 28-day notification period for licence variations. Suddenly, thanks to the wonders of the Internet and e-mail, operators would be able to talk directly to their local TA0s, any time any place and enter changes to their fleets. But above all else TAN 21 would finally make the impounding of unlicensed trucks a reality.

And what happens? First we were told that TAN2i wouldn't happen to schedule in July. Then we learnt that Scottish trials were creating a massiv( backlog in applications and variations due to "teething problems".

Now we hear that TAN 21 won't be implemented fully until April 2002 —nine months after it was supposed to happen. It's little comfort to learn that once it's running it works very well. It's not the first time this has happened. The Joint Enforcement


Initiative (JEDI)

was also a late arrival.

TAN 21 is needed now not later. Hauliers don't promise what they can't deliver; neither should the DoT. Brian Weatherley, Editor-in Chief.


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