orance was 'common' in area
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William Lambert. managing director of Waivevat. trading as Advanced Scaffolding Services (ASS) claimed there were many companies in Liverpool which did not realise that they required an 0-licence to carry goods when he appeared before North Western Deputy Traffic Commissioner Patrick Muivenna. Walton-based ASS was granted a licence in October 1998 and wanted to move its operating centre and increase the authorisation from two to three vehicles.
Vehicle examiner David Collings said he inspected two vehicles and found they were in a fair condition.
However, there were only two inspection records available for each vehicle with gaps of 14 weeks and 39 weeks and there was only one driver defect report available. A vehicle given an immediate prohibition in June 1998 had been operated without licence authority and the company was subsequently prosecuted.
Lambert said the driver defect report book had been in one of the vehicles. lie had taken the advice given by the vehicle examiner. Maintenance was being contracted out to a commercial garage.
Collings said the records produced since his visit were satisfactory.
Asked about the conviction for unauthorised use, Lambert said he had been unaware at the time that the company needed an 0-licence to carry its own materials.
He was also unaware that he needed to notify the Commissioner of the conviction. 1 had no experience of transport and there was a lot of new ground for me to cover," said Lambert.
Granting the application with a warning, the Deputy Commissioner said he accepted action had been taken to remedy the situation and said there would be a further maintenance investigation in 12 months' time.