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Sunday, 29 March 2015

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Bans for Cumbrian HGV drivers who faked safety records

Twelve former employees of a north Cumbrian haulage company have been banned from professional driving after faking their records.

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William Ross

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The drivers, a number of whom received prison sentences for the offences, have had their vocational licences revoked following conduct hearings in Carlisle, Glasgow and Golborne.

The orders mean they cannot drive HGVs and must reapply to the traffic commissioners when their disqualification expires.

The commissioners heard that a joint investigation by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Cumbria police found the drivers and their employer William Ross had broken rules which prevent drivers working too many hours.

It identified 182 false records against 17 drivers working for Ross and his firm Ross International Ltd, which was engaged in haulage operations, including the refrigerated transport of fish from Scotland to France and Spain.

The drivers used various devices to interrupt the recording equipment in their vehicles.

Drivers are legally required to keep records using tachographs so that their employers and enforcement officers can check they are working within the legal limits.

Traffic Commissioner for Scotland Joan Aitken issued the following bans:

  • Brian Chisholm, 43, of Jubilee Terrace, Castle Douglas, 9 months
  • David Warbeck, 53, of Abbey Lane, Dumfries, 9 months
  • George Bowe, 51, of Kingsway, Kilsyth, Glasgow, 18 months (from 19/09/14)
  • George Burns, 48, of Mariners View, Ardrossan, 12 months
  • John Wilson, 51, of Wallamhill Road, Locharbriggs, Dumfries, 10 months

Deputy Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England Patrick Mulvenna issued these disqualifications:

  • Alexander Lockerbie, 55, of Barock View, Southwaite, Carlisle, 18 months
  • Andrew Sherburn, 40, of St Nicholas Avenue, Flimby, 15 months
  • John Watson, 46, Garthside, Oulton, 18 months
  • Shaun Elliott, 43, Chapel Close, Acomb, 18 months
  • Nicholas Bartle, 47, Godnow Road, Crowle, Scunthorpe, 12 months
  • John Brown, 45, Woodland Road, Whitby, Ellesmere Port, 15 months

The north west's Deputy Traffic Commissioner Simon Evans banned Darren Riley, 41, of Cheviot Close, Carlisle, for 11 months.


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