Farmer given warning on HGV licence after vehicle is found with worn tyre
AN Alfreton farmer has been given a formal warning on his HGV operating licence.
Roger Hare, of Broom Close Farm, was given the warning by Deputy North West of England Traffic Commissioner Simon Evans at a public inquiry held at Golborne in Greater Manchester.
The hearing was convened to consider the report of an examiner from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.
The vehicle examiner carried out an investigation of Mr Hare's maintenance procedures in October 2012 after his vehicle had been stopped and found with a "safety critical defect".
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One of the vehicle's tyres was found to be worn beyond the legal limit.
Mr Hare, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident, received a fixed penalty for the offence.
In his report to the deputy commissioner, the examiner said that Mr Hare did not have routine safety inspections planned in advance and had changed to a new maintenance contractor without informing the Traffic Commissioner's Office.
The examiner also noted there was another prohibition notice on the operator's file, issued to a vehicle in August 2011.
After hearing evidence from Mr Hare, who is authorised to operate one vehicle from his farm in Alfreton, the deputy traffic commissioner recorded a warning against his licence.
Mr Evans said: "I am satisfied that this operator has taken the advice of the VOSA examiners to adjust his systems to observe compliance with the requirements on a sustainable basis and that a warning is therefore appropriate."