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Licence cut after maintenance problems

7th February 2008
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FOLLOWING SERIOUS maintenance problems and convictions, the licence held by London haulier Brian Morrissey has been cut from four vehicles and one trailer to three vehicles and one trailer.

Mill Hill-based Morrissey had been called before South-Eastern and Metropolitan Deputy Traffic Commissioner Christopher Heaps at an Eastbourne disciplinary inquiry Vehicle examiner Chris Walsh said nine prohibitions and four variations had been issued. There had also been clearance refusals on 13 immediate prohibitions, three of them S-marked (indicating a serious lapse in maintenance) and 25 delayed prohibitions.

There was a 60% prohibition rate at the roadside and a 43% prohibition rate at fleet inspections. The first-time pass rate at annual test was 17%.

Evidence was given by police officers that twc drivers, one of whom was disqualified, had driven for more than 41/2 hours without the required break.The) accepted that Morrissey had been unaware, even ii he should have been aware, that one of the driven was disqualified.

Morrissey said he had signed a new maintenance contract. In future, vehicles would be roller brake tested every 12 weeks. Maintenance checks and audits including tachograph analysis, were now being carriec out by transport consultants. He admitted that he hac not reported two convictions for overloading, twc for excise licence offences, and the hours conviction: recorded against one of the drivers.

Appearing for Morrissey, Tim Nesbitt maintainee that he had not permitted the drivers' hours offences

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