X

Cookies

Continue We want you to get the most out of using this website, which is why we and our partners use cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to receive these cookies. You can find out more about how we use cookies here.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Subscriptions  |  evouchers  |  Jobs  |  Property  |  Motors  |  Travel  |  Dating  |  Family Notices

Cumbrian man denies falsifying tachograph records

Two men have denied being part of a conspiracy to make bogus truck records.

John Watson, 46, of Oulton near Wigton, and Shaun Elliott, 42, of Hexham, both appeared at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday.

They are alleged to have falsified tachograph records detailing their trucks’ activity while they were working for Ross International, a haulage firm based in Easton, near Wigton, between May 31, 2009 and July 1, 2010. The company’s owners also owned another company of the same name in the same industry based in Bellshill, near Glasgow.

It is alleged their records showed them taking legally required breaks when they were actually driving their vehicles for work.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, said: “For many decades now it has been the law that HGVs, and other specialist vehicles have to be fitted with tachographs.”

Mr Evans added: “The critical aim behind all of this is seeking to promote road safety. As you well know, HGVs are huge vehicles, if they are driven by those who are tired and, in particular, if the driver falls asleep, accidents of the utmost severity can result.”

The jury of four women and eight men were then given specific examples the two defendants’ alleged actions.

Mr Evans said there were 11 false records relating to Watson and four connected to Elliott.

He gave one example for each defendant.

Mr Evans added that at another time when Elliott was recorded as having been on a break, his vehicle was spotted on roads in Nottinghamshire and County Durham.

Both Watson and Elliott have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to make false instruments.

The trial continues.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

News & Star What's On search





Vote

Should dogs be banned from Talkin Tarn?

Yes, a complete ban is the only way to prevent the mess

No, but instead of creating new tarn attractions the council should spend money on dog wardens

No, most dog owners are very responsible. Why spoil it for the majority?

Show Result

Hot jobs
Scan for our iPhone and Android apps
Search for:
NEWS & STAR ON: