Busi­ness has trans­port rights sus­pended

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Liz Ley­don

A Ruther­glen food and drink sup­plier with a poor trans­port track record has been sus­pended from run­ning ve­hi­cles by Scot­land’s traf­fic com­mis­sioner for one month.

Joan Aitken said it was“shock­ing” that GSR Dis­tri­bu­tions Ltd, trad­ing as Spice­way, had op­er­ated a de­fec­tive ve­hi­cle on the road last July, af­ter be­ing given a rou­tine safety in­spec­tion in March of that year.

The com­pany’s ve­hi­cles were sup­posed to be checked ev­ery six weeks and Miss Aitken said it fell into an“un­ac­cept­able way”of putting busi­ness pri­or­i­ties ahead of its ve­hi­cle safety regime.

Fol­low­ing a pub­lic in­quiry in Ed­in­burgh last month, Miss Aitken added:“The six-weekly safety in­spec­tion cy­cle for the op­er­a­tor’s ve­hi­cles had fallen into a hap­haz­ard state.

“The op­er­a­tor … did fall into the un­ac­cept­able way of putting busi­ness pri­or­i­ties ahead of a tight regime for en­sur­ing ve­hi­cles were road­wor­thy.”

GSR Dis­tri­bu­tions Ltd has held a re­stricted goods ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tor li­cence since Novem­ber 2004 and has au­tho­ri­sa­tion for five ve­hi­cles.

The sole di­rec­tor is Mr Saeed Hus­sain.

Miss Aitken added:“Mr Hus­sain fully ac­cepts that the blame lies with him.”

This is not the first time the com­pany’s trans­port has been found lack­ing.

In 2007, Spice­way was called to a pub­lic in­quiry for over­load­ing is­sues and re­ceived a warn­ing from the deputy traf­fic com­mis­sioner.

A con­vic­tion in 2010 led to a warn­ing from the traf­fic com­mis­sioner. In 2014, an ad­verse re­port from DVSA led to Spice­way be­ing called to a pub­lic in­quiry.

And in 2015, the li­cence of two com­pany ve­hi­cles was cur­tailed for eight weeks and the firm ac­knowl­edged its main­te­nance sys­tems had to im­prove and per­suaded the Traf­fic Com­mis­sioner not to re­voke the li­cence by sup­ply­ing ev­i­dence that re­me­dial ac­tion had been taken.

How­ever, last July one of the op­er­a­tor’s ve­hi­cles was the sub­ject of a DVSA main­te­nance in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

And in Oc­to­ber the ex­am­iner found that the op­er­a­tor’s two ve­hi­cles were not be­ing in­spected at six-week in­ter­vals. A re­port from DVSA prompted last month’s pub­lic in­quiry.

Last month Mr Hus­sain said he was “ashamed”that one of his ve­hi­cles had been on the road in an un­wor­thy state and ac­cepted that it was his fault. There had been a re-or­gan­i­sa­tion of du­ties in the busi­ness and the per­son to whom the ve­hi­cle main­te­nance ar­range­ments had been given had not en­sured the six-weekly checks.

The firm’s driver has also been dis­ci­plined for not un­der­tak­ing the cor­rect checks. Mr Hus­sain said that he had“del­e­gated”but he should have been dou­ble check­ing.

GSR Dis­tri­bu­tions had changed main­te­nance con­trac­tor and this has not worked out. The firm has since re­verted to using their orig­i­nal con­trac­tor.

Miss Aitken added:“I do be­lieve that Messrs Hus­sain and O’Reilly are se­ri­ous peo­ple. Mr Hus­sain fully ac­cepts that the blame lies with him.

“I am not amused that it has taken a DVSA en­counter and in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore com­pli­ance has been achieved.”

Be­hind barsDean Cairns

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