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June 12 2019
By Mike Jewell

Mike Jewell is the industry’s leading legal journalist, covering all key cases brought before Public Inquries, Tribunals, Magistrates and Crown Courts

TC increases licence and gives warning

Operator successful in licence increase bid despite warning over drivers’ hours breaches

Greenock-based Temporal Travel succeeded in its bid to increase the authorisation on its international licence from one to three vehicles despite being given a warning over drivers’ hours offences by Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) Hugh Olson.

The firm had been called before the DTC at an Edinburgh Public Inquiry following an investigation by DVSA.

Traffic Examiner (TE) James Sweetin reported that his investigation revealed breaches of drivers’ hours rules and failing to download data from their vehicle, which was equipped with a digital tachograph. There were problems with the company’s systems and processes for dealing with drivers’ hours.

Evidence was given by Director Thomas Temoral that he had taken prompt steps to deal with the issues including undergoing further training following the TE’s investigation. 

He gave an undertaking that there would be an independent audit of the company’s systems by the FTA or a similar organisation to show that the problems had been fixed and would not occur again. 

A copy of the audit report together with details of steps taken to meet any recommendations made to be forwarded to the Traffic Commissioner’s Office in Edinburgh by 1700hrs on 27 March 2020.

In the light of that evidence, the DTC decided to take no action against the licence other than to issue the company with a warning and to approve its application for additional vehicles.

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