A 'sad occasion' if there is no improvement
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• An Aberdeen carrier company, W and J Clark, Causewayend was rapped last week by Mr Alex Birnie, LA for Scotland, for failing to maintain its vehicles and keep records of inspection.
The LA was told that of the company's 15-vehicle fleet, six had been examined and five, found to have defects, had prohibition notices imposed on them. After evidence, Mr Birnie put five of the company's lorries off the road from midnight Saturday, July 24.
Mr John Clark, a partner in the firm, was told of the serious position facing the company. "What, in effect, is before me," added Mr Birnie, "is that at an inspection, vehicles were found in a shocking state. I find it impossible to believe that vehicles found in this condition were inspected thoroughly every weekend." The fleet would be examined again before long and, if anything similar happened, it would be "a sad occasion for the company".
Mr Clark said the company spent £22,000 on maintenance and repairs last year. All vehicles were inspected regularly. New premises acquired at Linksfield Road would provide far more facilities but, so far, planning permission for rebuilding there had not been given.