Computer company secures extra trucks
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A COMPUTER FIRM with a poor maintenance record has won a 400% increase on its restricted licence after it agreed to have its maintenance practices externally audited by a trade association. Stone-based Stone Computers, Staffordshire, wanted to increase the authorisation on its restricted licence from one to five vehicles before Nick Jones, the West Midlands Traffic Commissioner.
Vehicle examiner Adrian Seadon said he carried out a maintenance investigation in April, and discovered that the safety inspection records were not satisfactorily completed.
In addition, the vehicle's sixyearly tachograph calibration was out of date, and an inspection notice was issued for exposed cords on a tyre that had been recut. Also, the firm had done three inspections, and not the nominated maintenance contractor. In reply to the TC, Seadon said the company's vehicle had recently passed its annual test with no defects being found.
Finance director Simon Harbridge said the company had not owned any vehicles, hut had hired one occasionally during peak trading periods. And a conviction for unauthorised use arose when a vehicle was hired for longer than 28 days.
In late 2007, the company acquired Burton Logistics and a 7.5-tonne truck. John Button was appointed logistics manager. His employment was ended as a result of the examiner's findings.
The additional vehicles were needed to service a new venture in recycling end-of-life electronic equipment.
Health and safety consultant John Berks said he had experience in the transport industry and had improved procedures and carried out regular monitoring.