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HGV driver disqualified for magnet use

  • 17 November 2011
  • By Roger Brown

Traffic Commissioner (TC) for Scotland Joan Aitken has disqualified a former driver from Arbroath haulier EG Chassar for a year after he admitted using a magnet to interfere with tachograph equipment.

In a conjoined public inquiry and driver conduct hearing in Edinburgh, the TC was told how in June 2010, a VOSA traffic examiner visited the potato haulier’s premises after receiving a tip-off that drivers at the firm had been using magnets.

The examiner discovered two instances of Alastair Hudson driving for more than 4½ hours without a break; one instance of failing to enter the period of time, five false records and one instance of insufficient daily rest. 

According to Hudson, he had used a small magnetic device at the premises of one customer – Albert Bartlett and Sons in Airdrie – as he and other drivers could spend up to five hours sitting in queues.

Hudson and three other EG Chassar drivers investigated have since left the business.

Aitken said that because of the failure of the other three to attend the hearing, she would deal with the matter of their fitness on another occasion.

Aitken also suspended the HGV licences of partners and brothers Albert and John Chassar for three and four months respectively for drivers’ hours offences relating to tipping off the chart.

She curtailed the EG Chassar O-licence from five vehicles and six trailers to two vehicles and four trailers, allowing any variation to be made after a year.


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