Grantham-based Abacus Coaches has been told it will not face sanctions against its O-licence, after an Eastern Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) acknowledged improvements owner David Thomas Cooke made to his maintenance facilities.
The DTC made her findings at a Public Inquiry held in Cambridge on October 5, where she issued a formal warning to Cooke because of an unsatisfactory report on his maintenance standards at his base in North Witham alongside the A1. Miss Marcia Davies said she had taken note of the systems put in place but reminded Cooke that any further adverse reports from VOSA could have an impact on his sevenvehicle O-licence.
At the most recent inspection, a Vehicle Examiner reported one vehicle had not been presented on time for its routine safety inspection. Examination of the paperwork revealed it had been overdue by three weeks when the inspection was eventually carried out, during which time it had been stopped and found with a safety critical defect. The emergency door buzzer was found to be inoperative, which the driver should have identified during his topside check.
The VOSA officer also examined the daily defect system. He found completed repair work was not being signed off, which led to concerns over recurring defects.
A previous visit to inspect the operator’s maintenance facilities in 2010 had also revealed vehicles not being submitted on time for safety checks and the issue of prohibitions to vehicles for defects.
In issuing a formal warning to the business Miss Davies reminded Cooke of the importance of adhering to the terms of his licence at all times. The DTC added she was satisfied that in his position as Transport Manager for the licence – a key role – Cooke was carrying out the required duties.