MOT failure rate leads to public inquiry

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An operator of school minibuses which attracted the eyes of the Traffic Commissioners thanks to an extremely poor MOT pass rate has shown signs of improvements, Traffic Commissioner Gerallt Evans found

In November, Gerallt Evans, Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England, published his decision in the case of Buzz2Go Minibuses Ltd and associated Transport Manager Carl Mann. The company was called to public inquiry followed two unsatisfactory DVSA assessments.

The operator, Buzz2go Minibuses Ltd holds a standard national public service vehicle operator’s licence (PC2042979) authorising the use of seven vehicles. It was issued on 19 April 2021. Its directors are Nigel Rogers, Kay Colvin and Carl Mann; Mr Mann is also the Transport Manager.

On 19 August 2022, a DVSA Vehicle Examiner undertook a maintenance inspection visit, and the subsequent report (MIVR) detailed a number of shortcomings including stretched inspection frequencies, with 53% overdue; a VOR system that was ineffectively managed; an annual test history which indicated poor management control and poor maintenance standards; no pre-MOT inspection of vehicles; and that improvements were required to wheel security systems.

The Operator responded at the time with assurances that it would address the shortcomings, including that inspections would be arranged in closer proximity to annual test to improve its pass rate.

However, the MOT pass rate deteriorated further after the DVSA visit. This prompted a further DVSA desk-based assessment (DBA) in June 2023. That assessment again resulted in unsatisfactory findings and highlighted continuing issues with the annual test history which were an indicator of poor management control and/or poor maintenance standards. The operator had an 80% failure rate since the MIVR in August 2022; five vehicles had been presented for annual test and only one had passed.


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