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Traffic Wales patrol cars operated without MOTs for two months

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Three Traffic Wales patrol vehicles were operated for up to two months earlier this year without a valid MOT certificate, following an 'administrative error'.

Welsh newspaper Daily Post reported that the Toyota Landcruisers driven by Welsh Government traffic officers to tackle congestion, breakdowns and other issues on major roads in North Wales were without valid test certificates between March 21 and May 26.

A spokesman for Traffic Wales told the Daily Post: "We can confirm that, due to an administrative error in our local authority supplier's fleet management system, a small number of vehicles were late in passing their MOT.

"The issue has now been resolved and a new system put in place to ensure that the error is not repeated."

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  • Gordy - 06/07/2016 12:27

    Its good to hear it will not be repeated but is there a case to answer (CPS)?..............What would a magistrate do to a Fleet Manager of a private company who committed the same offence?.......Their Fleet Manager (not the corporate provider) should face the same wrap, surely?

  • Sage & Onion - 06/07/2016 18:38

    This is exactly the reason why I would always never give up my own fleet management system for such important tasks as MOT scheduling if it was ever outsourced to a corporate provider of Fleet Management services. Despite what these companies claim to do, one thing they can not do is transfer the responsibility from the vehicle operator to themselves. If would be fantastic if they could because we would then see them become the responsible Fleet Managers that they claim to be. By "responsible" I mean carry the can for their actions, I'm not implying negligence. I don't think a lot of corporate providers of fleet management services understand that this is why professional fleet managers resist giving up control of their fleet. And those companies that do hand over full fleet responsibility to a corporate provider will quite possibly end up on the wrong side of the law one day with not a solid defence, because "we left it to them to manage" won't be an acceptable excuse to be exonerated.

  • John - 15/07/2016 13:43

    So did Traffic Wales have to pay a fine like normal people would have paid if they were late with MOT

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