CPC holder says he had concerns over operations but “hoped things would change”

If your advice about the safety of vehicles or drivers is being ignored, what should you do?

If you know there’s a conflict between winning customers and being compliant, how should you respond?

At a recent public inquiry, North West Traffic Commissioner Simon Evans said it’s “scarcely possible” for any transport manager to have continuing, effective control over transport operations in these circumstances.

He was dealing with a CPC holder who said he’d spoken to his company director about vehicles being operated with AdBlue emulators. But the cheat devices weren’t removed immediately.

Despite the transport manager knowing about this, he only took action himself a year later – by resigning from the role to take up another position in the business. He had hoped things would change before then.

The Traffic Commissioner outlined the actions which should take place in this situation:

First, notify the operator in writing.

If the matter is not resolved, take appropriate action.

In certain cases, this may include resigning, rather than staying on the licence and attempting to carry out the required duties when being prevented from doing so by an employer.

For further details on the responsibilities of transport managers and what traffic commissioners expect, read our guidance.

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