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Ex-Boyle Transport drivers banned and licences revoked

  • 19 March 2012
  • By Roger Brown

Scottish traffic commissioner (TC) Joan Aitken has revoked the HGV licences of 11 former drivers of Boyle Transport following the court case into widespread falsification of tachograph records at the firm.

At driver conduct hearings in Glasgow into the Scotland-based men working for the Northern Irish haulier, she also disqualified them for periods ranging from 18 months to three years and in one case handed out an indefinite disqualification.

In April 2011, at Carlisle Crown Court, a total of 15 Boyle Transport drivers received suspended sentences and orders to carry out unpaid community work after they pleaded guilty to making false tacho records.

Patrick Boyle, MD, was also given a two-year prison sentence after he admitted conspiring with his drivers to make false tachograph readings between November 2007 and November 2008.

His son and fellow director Mark Boyle, was given an 18-month prison sentence after he also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy. Both men were disqualified from acting as company directors for five years.

The court case followed a joint operation between Cumbria Police and VOSA, when officers stopped eight Boyle Transport trucks in Penrith, travelling from Glasgow in October 2008.

Of the five vehicles seized and examined, all were found to have modified wiring systems and each had had their tacho equipment interfered with.

A search of the Boyle Transport offices in Newry, County Down, revealed that each digital tachograph owned by the firm – which operates more than 20 trucks – had been interfered with.


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