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Truck driver suspended for intimidation

  • 07 May 2014
  • By Roger Brown

North East Traffic Commissioner Kevin Rooney (pictured) has suspended a driver’s HGV licence for six months after he tried to evade DVSA officers on the M6.

At a driver conduct hearing in Leeds in April, the TC was told how Sean Pooleman was driving his five-axle artic southbound on the M6 north of junction 17 at Sandbach on 12 May 2013.

Pooleman failed to respond to the directions of a DVSA officer, who was driving a fully liveried stopping car. He signalled Pooleman to follow him to the checksite at Sandbach Services but DVSA officers alleged that Pooleman began to drive aggressively, including on the hard shoulder of the motorway.

On 2 May 2013, Pooleman was involved in a separate incident when he was directed to a DVSA check at the Dalar Hir weighbridge site in Holyhead.

Pooleman alleged that during a discussion, in which he had been attempting to calm another driver, a DVSA vehicle examiner said to him words to the effect that she hoped his children would die in a crash involving a truck. He was taking forward a complaint about his treatment when the incident on the M6 occurred.

Pooleman later received a letter of apology relating to the incident at Dalar Hir.

However, referring to the incident on the M6, Rooney said: “I am shocked by how close Pooleman came to the back of the DVSA car in what can only have been an act of deliberate intimidation.

“In venting his anger with the DVSA, he put the life and limb of innocent road users in danger.

“While he should not have been treated in the way he was at Holyhead, that in no way excuses his behaviour later.”

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