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Top ten legal stories: 2013

  • 25 December 2013
  • By Roger Brown

In 2013, the traffic commissioners were as busy as ever issuing revocations, disqualifications, curtailments and suspensions. As always, a series of health and safety cases also made it before the courts. Here is a selection of some of the most read on

Hauliers suspended for appalling faliures: Drivers from Swanscombe-based MJD Logistics, MJD Services (UK) and MJD Containers committed a total of 85 breaches of drivers’ hours and tachograph rules during just a six week sample period in late 2011.

Nighfreight fined £300,000 over driver depot death: Nightfreight (GB) was fined £300,000 after one of its drivers was killed by a runaway truck at its depot in Northamptonshire.

Scottish tach fraud driver sent to prison: A truck driver from Scotland who was discovered to have made 69 false tachograph charts was sent to prison for six months.

Haulier wins appeal after judge slams traffic commissioner: Plant hire business Harkin Group won an appeal to have its O-licence application reheard after an appeal judge criticised a traffic commissioner’s (TC) handling of the original public inquiry.

Trailer warning for traction operators: Simon Evans, deputy traffic commissioner (TC) for the North West warned traction hauliers pulling another firm’s trailer that they are putting their O-licences at risk if they fail to ensure that the trailer is fit and serviceable.

Hefty fines after driver killed by runaway cab: Two companies were ordered to pay a total of £794,658 in fines and costs after a truck driver was run over and killed by his own vehicle.

Judge overturns TCs decision to disqualify: The Upper Tribunal allowed a transport manager’s appeal against his disqualification and said the matter must be reheard by a different traffic commissioner (TC).

TC praises honest haulier: Traffic commissioner (TC) for the West Midlands, Nick Jones, praised a Shrewsbury haulage operator for keeping him informed about its financial problems.

Former Boyle Transport directors to pay £1.8m: Two former directors at Northern Ireland haulage company Boyle Transport, who were sent to prison for falsification of tachograph records, were ordered to pay £1,835,793 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

TC Turfitt bans group of rogue haulage operators: A group of hauliers who collectively attempted to deceive the authorities by swapping O-licences and vehicles were prevented from operating by Eastern traffic commissioner (TC) Richard Turfitt.


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