Banned from industry for two years after TC ruling
Mr Ffrench who was director and transport manager of Iver (a Buckinghamshire based company), has been banned from working in the industry for two years. TC Turfitt also deemed J Ffrench to be ignorant of serious infringements and guidance sent in place by the DVSA to maintaining roadworthiness.
A PI (public inquiry) in Cambridge was called after DVSA examiners found one of the company's HGV's, in November 2015, was not displaying a valid licence disc. The vehicle in question had also exceeded the maximum weight permitted, the driver had also failed to use a tachograph card and had even failed to print out detailed data of the vehicle and enter it onto the printout card. With one of the defects on the vehicle S-marked, the vehicle was issue with a prohibition for two other defects.
A further investigation revealed more problems, the most concerning of which was that the operator in question had been relying on PMI (preventative maintenance inspection) sheets that had references dating back to 1997.
Mr. Turfitt also noted that Justin Ffrench's professional driving licence also had a number of convictions which hadn't been declared.
TC Turfitt was also made aware that the company’s FORS accreditation had been terminated after it emerged that they had been displaying a gold FORS logo. However, the company had only been awarded bronze status.
Source: Commercialmotor.com, Transport manager banned from industry for two years, By Chris Tindall, 20 June 2016, to read the full story click here.