Due to slipping vehicle maintenance standards, the licence of Thomason Travel has been cut for four days by DTC Mike DorringtonThe licence held by Wigton-based Thomason Travel has been cut from six vehicles to five for a period of four days by Deputy Traffic Commissioner (DTC) Miles Dorrington, to mark that vehicle maintenance had slipped despite a warning at a previous Public Inquiry (PI).Craig and Tracy Thomason, trading as Thomason Travel, of Station Road, Wigton, had been called before the DTC at a Golborne PI following an unsatisfactory report from Vehicle Examiner (VE) Andrew Sefton, and the issue of a number of prohibitions including an ‘S’ marked immediate prohibition for a defective tyre. The DTC was also considering the repute of Transport Manager (TM) Stuart Ramsey. At a previous PI in 2012, the firm were given a warning by DTC Patrick Mulvenna.Craig Thomason said that since the VE’s visit the driver defect reporting system had been changed and the importance of the driver’s walk round checks had been emphasised. They now had monthly meetings with the drivers. Three drivers who had continued not to do the checks properly had been dismissed. Some 90% of their work was for the local authority carrying disabled children and adults. They ran five vehicles during the week and they did not do much private hire work at the weekend. In the 13 years he had been operating he had never had an accident or had any complaints about the way the vehicles were driven or about the service provided. It seemed that Mr Thomason had not gone out of his way to cut corners and he just needed to ‘tweak’ things, which he appeared to have doneThe DTC commented that the ‘S’ marked prohibition should not have happened, and it was a serious matter when it involved a PSV vehicle. It affected road safety and it occurred because the driver did not do his job properly. That was probably gross misconduct on the driver’s part.In reply to the DTC, Mr Thomason said that he had been unaware that it had been wrong to recover a vehicle that had been given an immediate prohibition by towing it with a rigid bar.Mr Ramsey said that he had been more vigilant since the VE’s visit. The drivers they could not trust had now gone.Cutting the licence and making no direction in relation to Mr Ramsey’s repute as a TM, the DTC said that he had read through the explanations for the prohibitions. It seemed that Mr Thomason had not gone out of his way to cut corners and he just needed to ‘tweak’ things, which he appeared to have done.However, it was difficult to give a second warning as despite the previous warning things seemed to slip. Significant steps had been taken since. He had been impressed with what had been done and the way in which Mr Thomason had responded to the DVSA investigation. Consequently he was not taking action that would have an adverse effect on the business, but he needed to put a mark on the file that if it happened again significant action would be taken against the licence.