Two directors of East Anglian recycler Glazewing have been banned from managing its fleet for two years, after an inquiry found they had allowed dangerous vehicles on the road and failed to deal with drivers who had falsified records.
A public inquiry was held by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner on 19 September after a series of concerns were flagged by traffic examiners during inspections in July 2016.
Five fixed penalty notice for ’vehicles being in a dangerous condition’ were also issued between July 2013 and June 2016.
Glazewing directors Jonathan and Simon Miles, who are brothers, were disqualified from acting as transport managers until 30 September 2019.
The company deals with scrap metal, construction recycling, commercial waste and local authority contracts. It runs a fleet of 40 vehicles and 23 trailers.
The inquiry heard that road safety had been compromised “on many occasions”. As well as unroadworthy vehicles being allowed on the road, drivers had falsified their records to avoid taking breaks and had loaded skips in a “manner that was deemed as dangerous”.
In addition, one of the company’s sites in West Dereham was found to be running 24 vehicles despite only being authorised for 14.
Deputy traffic commissioner Miles Dorrington ruled that “both transport managers were wholly ineffective in the way they managed this transport operation”.
He said he had “absolutely no hesitation” in finding that the brothers had lost their good repute.
“As a matter of law I must disqualify them as transport managers,” he said.
Dorrington also took steps to revoke Glazewing’s operator licence at the end of the year – giving the company enough time to apply for a new licence and continue trading, while warning: “…there is no guarantee that one will be granted”.
He said he had allowed the company to continue to run its fleet only “by the very narrowest of margins”.
Jonathan Miles told MRW: ”Glazewing has a management structure that includes transport mangers and transport supervisers, all of which are qualified.
“Simon and I are not employees of Glazewing, as such the transport operation of Glazewing transport is in good hands.”
Jonathan and Simon Miles, who bought Glazewing in 2008, are investors in a number of companies and do not draw wages from Glazewing as employees.