A Kent transport manager has been disqualified for 18 months for repeatedly failing to demonstrate competence after appearing at three public inquiries. John Baker, assistant traffic commissioner, said Kelly Knight was ‘well intentioned’ but had failed in terms of focus, assertiveness and organizational skills in her role as transport manager for two companies, BWC Haulage and D&D Recovery.
Knight and BWC manager Ben Clifford appeared before the DTC at an Eastbourne PI after the transport manager failed to respond to information requested as part of an assessment at the office. This assessment was prompted by the revocation of D&D’s license following a PI in November 2021, in which the DVSA stated that vehicle units were not uploaded and there were no enough data to show that drivers’ hours were analyzed and disciplinary action taken if necessary.
Knight had also appeared at a PI in 2019 in her role as transport manager for BWC, following which the license was temporarily reduced for deficiencies including faults detectable by the driver during maintenance inspections without any follow-up action is taken. At the last hearing, Knight said she did not receive email requests for information related to the assessment at the office, although the law enforcement agency received confirmation that his emails had been delivered to the designated address. The DTC raised concerns about the small number of running checks sent to it, as well as driver-detectable faults identified during maintenance inspections.
In her ruling, Baker said the timing of bans issued since the 2019 PI was of particular concern and concluded that the matter fell into the serious category: “I come to this conclusion based on the history, lack of proactivity of the transport operator and manager in bringing into compliance and the risks to road safety of vehicles used with defects such as serious tire damage,” he said.
However, he added that he was ready to give the operator another opportunity to demonstrate that he could be trusted and so he stopped revoking his license, instead marking his reputation as badly tarnished and reducing it. to four vehicles 28 days. But he found that Knight had lost her reputation: “She will have to ask herself during the disqualification period if she is really suited to transport management,” he said.