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HGV Task Force prosecutes two more hauliers in crackdown

  • 25 March 2014
  • By Roger Brown

The Industrial HGV Task Force (IHTF), set up last October to crack down on non-compliant operators in London, has successfully prosecuted two more hauliers and a driver for various offences.

In a series of hearings at City of London Magistrates Court this month:

  • KP Waste was fined £1,008 and ordered to pay £85 legal fees after one of its vehicles was stopped by the IHTF in November 2013 without an O-licence;
  • Red Lion Scaffolding (London) was fined £400 and ordered to pay £85 legal fees. When a vehicle operated by the business was pulled over by IHTF officers it was found that the driver did not have the correct driving licence;
  • Nigel Wilson, an HGV driver for Walton Lodge Laundry, was fined £405 and ordered to pay £85 legal fees. He was stopped by the IHTF on three occasions in November 2013 and each time he was found to have taken out his tachograph card. He pleaded guilty to all three offences.

The task force is made up of officers from Transport for London (TfL), City of London Police, Metropolitan Police Service and the DVSA (formerly Vosa and the DSA).

Since October, more than 1,600 vehicles have been targeted and stopped and more than 460 fixed penalty notices issued for a variety of offences.

Steve Burton, TfL director of enforcement and on-street operations, said: “These are great results for our task force.
“Although these non-compliant operators and drivers represent a small minority on our roads, we hope this prosecution sends out a clear message that we will continue to protect and secure our roads and push for the toughest penalties for anyone caught operating unlawfully.”

In February, the task force prosecuted Sutton-based Dave Mundy Strip-Out after its driver was found working without his initial Driver CPC qualifications (CM 27 February).

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