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CM’s guide to 2012′s biggest legal cases

  • 27 December 2012
  • By Roger Brown

1 Nolan appeal rejected in landmark decision

Appeal judges dismissed an appeal from Irish haulier Nolan Transport for the return of two of its trucks impounded by Vosa, in a landmark decision that lays down how the regulations regarding cabotage and combined transport operations are interpreted in the UK.

2 Ex-Boyle Transport drivers banned and licences revoked

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

3 Brian Yeardley Continental wins tachograph fraud case

Brian Yeardley Continental successfully defended itself in a “whistleblowing” case brought by a disgruntled ex-employee claiming that it encouraged tachograph fraud. At a Leeds industrial tribunal the case was dismissed after the firm produced driver management reports, digicard downloads and working time reports that proved no such events had taken place.

4 Magnet use driver has HGV licence suspended

A driver from Scottish borders haulier SS International had his HGV driving licence suspended for nine months after he admitted using a magnet to falsify tachograph records.

5 O-licence revoked for drivers hours irregularities

Bristol-based haulage business Graham Hoyland Transport had its O-licence for six vehicles and trailers revoked after a VOSA traffic examiner uncovered evidence of widespread drivers hours irregularities.

6 O-licence revoked after driver gives false details to Vosa

Traffic commissioner (TC) for the West Midlands, Nick Jones, revoked the O-licence of Birmingham-based food wholesale business Bangla Station (Wholesale) after a driver employed by the company gave false details to a Vosa examiner during a routine stop.

7 O-licence revoked for giving false driver name to Vosa

Scaffolding company Weather Tec had its O-licence revoked and a director banned from driving commercial vehicles for a month after he instructed a driver to give a false name to a Vosa traffic examiner at a roadside check.

8 Transport manager had too much to do

A public inquiry was told how vehicle maintenance at North London Courier and Logistics was not up to the required standard because the transport manager had been given “too many other responsibilities” at the company.

9 Haulier had no transport manager for over a decade

Halesowen-based operator PK Transport had its O-licence revoked after it was found to have operated a vehicle without authority and did not have a transport manager for well over a decade.

10 Tacho fiddling driver sent to prison for eight months

A truck driver who on one occasion drove for 24 hours without a proper rest, was sentenced to eight months in prison for 79 offences of creating false driving hours records.


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