A transport manager from Wales has been disqualified from working in the industry after failing to adhere to strict vehicle safety standards.
Kevin Davies from Llanelli, was barred from working as a transport manager by Welsh traffic commissioner Nick Jones after he was dismissed from his job at waste management company Agresol, in south Wales.
Transport managers are responsible for overseeing vehicle and driver standards, and Davies was dismissed after one of the firm’s vehicles had been discovered not to have an up-to-date MOT. The firm was prosecuted and fined £400.
The company had also been suject to an investigation over vehicle safety standards by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency. An examiner from the agency fround that the vehicles were not were being given routine safety inspections on time and reported serious defects.
Jones ruled that Davies “no longer met the mandatory requirement to be professionally competent” at a public inquiry held at Cardiff Magistrates Court, and would have to re-take and pass his certificate of porfessional competence before being allowed to work as transport manager again.
Jones said the firm’s licence would be curtailed from 10 to six vehicles and secured their commitment to compliance with routine safety inspections .