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Deep Transport’s licence revoked after 1,824 kilometres go missing

3rd November 2011
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By Roger Brown

WEDNESBURY-BASED Deep Transport has had its O-licence revoked after a VOSA investigation uncovered 1,824 missing kilometres from tachograph charts during a two-month period last year.

In a written decision following a public inquiry in June, Tim Hayden, deputy trafic commissioner (DTC) for the West Midlands, issued the irm’s transport manager Alan Caffrey with a formal warning.

VOSA trafic examiner Robert Lees inspected 65 tachograph charts at the company covering 14 drivers as part of his investigation into the business – authorised to run three vehicles and six trailers.

Nine drivers were found to have committed offences and 13 offenc

es were detected. Lees was also unable to identify six of the drivers whose name appeared on record sheets because Deep Transport was unable to produce driving licences.

He examined records from 1 August to 30 September 2010 and discovered that 1,824 kilometres were unaccounted for.

In May 2011, Walsall Magistrates’ Court ined the company £500 and imposed £517 in costs for an offence of failing to produce tachograph record sheets. VOSA vehicle examiner Andrew Male also carried out a maintenance inspection into the haulier, which he marked as unsatisfactory.

Male had issued a prohibition in relation to a badly worn tyre. Prohibitions had also been issued in relation to trailer valve and brake defects.

The DTC added: “I ind that the operator had taken wholly inadequate steps to ensure compliance before the investigation conducted by Mr Lees.

“Although the numbers of prohibitions were not high, the vehicle examiner’s particular concern was that they related to such matters as brake components and axles.” No action was taken against Midland Transport, run by Sutphal Singh, the husband of Deep Transport director Kiranjit Kaur.


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