The transport operation of a WEEE business has been suspended for 28 days by a traffic commissioner who has ordered a complete redesign of its vehicle and driver compliance systems.
Inca Trade, which operates in Romford as London Free WEEE Recycling, will be unable to operate between 4 June and 2 July following a decision by the regional regulator Nick Denton.
A public inquiry in Eastbourne in May was told about shortcomings in the company’s vehicle operations:
- no downloads of driver cards or vehicle units were performed until November 2015, 10 months after the licence was granted
- routine safety inspections had gone beyond the agreed dates
- safety inspections recorded a large number of vehicle defects which should have been picked up by drivers on a daily basis
- reporting by drivers of defects was ineffective, with loose or missing body parts not identified
Company director Rodolfo Starling gave evidence in response to the concerns expressed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
He said drivers were now given training, the frequency of safety checks had been reduced, a written defect system was in operation and a new transport manager had been nominated.
Denton acknowledged these were mitigating factors but said much remained wrong, especially on the maintenance side. He added that the operator’s vehicle was in a poor condition.
“I am suspending the licence for a month in order to give the operator and prospective new transport manager time to redesign the compliance systems,” he said.