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Dewart boss ordered to pay £66,982

  • 15 April 2014
  • By Roger Brown

The owner and director of Northern Ireland-based haulier Dewart Transport has been ordered to pay £66,982 under a confiscation order.

In a hearing at Craigavon Crown Court, Richard Dewart was given six months to pay the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 or face an 18-month prison sentence.

Since the introduction of the act in March 2003, the authorities have been able to seek an order from the courts
for confiscation of any proceeds of criminal activity.

In December 2012, Dewart was convicted of tachograph fraud under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 and sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for three years.

The conviction followed a joint enforcement operation in February 2011, by the Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) and Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) road policing unit.

DVA enforcement officers undertook a detailed examination of tachograph records and documentation at the firm’s Waringstown, Co Armagh premises.

Rest periods had been recorded by the tachograph recording equipment, yet other evidence showed the continued movement of the vehicles.

An interrupter device had been activated to enable the driver to continue driving by simulating that the vehicle was stationary and, as a result, false tachograph records were created.

In April 2013, following a public inquiry, the Transport Regulation Unit in Northern Ireland revoked Dewart Transport’s O-licence and disqualified Dewart from holding a licence for five years and from acting as a transport manager.


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