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Men arrested and fuel laundering plant shut

Three men have been arrested and a suspected fuel laundering plant shut down as part of a UK-wide HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected multi-million pound fraud. More than 50 HMRC officers, supported by North Wales Police and Police Service of Northern Ireland, carried out simultaneous searches of nine business and four […]

Two hauliers receive fines for illegal dumping

Two hauliers have received heavy fines for their involvement in illegally depositing waste at a golf range in Kent. Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court heard that 2,157 truck loads of waste soil were deposited at the Great Chart Golf & Leisure facility in Ashford between 2012 and 2015, equating to 42,000 tonnes, significantly exceeding the 1,000-tonne limit […]

Tuffnells fined £1.5m after driver crushed between truck and trailer

Logistics operator Tuffnells Parcels Express has been fined £1.5 million following the death of a worker who was trapped between a trailer and his vehicle. The employee, Mr Leighton Jardine, was fatally injured on 22 January 2016 while attempting to attach a trailer. The trailer was parked on a slight slope, enough to cause it […]

Word of mouth training regime led to warehouse worker’s 14 m fall

A logistics management company has been sentenced over the death of an employee who plunged 14 m from his material handling vehicle in Northamptonshire. Andrej Grzeszczak was working at Great Bear Distribution’s premises in Desborough on 14 January 2016 when his vehicle was struck by another warehouse operations controller working in the same aisle. Grzeszczak’s […]

Tachograph failings led to O-licence loss

Rochester-based WSG Transport has had its O-licence revoked following a public inquiry (PI) that revealed a string of maintenance and tachograph-related failings. In a written decision following the July PI in Eastbourne, Sarah Bell, traffic commissioner (TC) for London and the South East also disqualified the company’s sole director William Pucknell from holding or obtaining […]

Incompetent and confrontational transport manager is hit with indefinite ban

  Allegations made in an attempt to deflect from the operator’s own serious misconduct A transport manager who behaved in an “irate and confrontational” manner during an unannounced DVSA visit has been banned indefinitely by Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Nick Jones. The agency’s investigation followed the issue of an S marked prohibition for an insecure […]

“Severely negligent” operator loses licence after completely abandoning safety inspections

Regulator says firm doesn’t deserve to continue running vehicles. A scrap metal firm will lose its licence next month after failing to make sure vehicles had safety inspections. For over 12 months the business didn’t get any safety checks carried out on its fleet. Traffic Commissioner, Nick Denton, called this state of affairs “wholly unacceptable”. […]

Haulier and hotelier fined for illegal waste

Three men from the North East, including a haulage company boss, have been ordered to pay more than £10,000 for illegally landfilling waste. The haulier, Alan Waggott, of Howden-le-Wear, near Crook was fined £6,007, while David and Alan Bradley, brothers and joint owners of Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel, near Blackhall in East Durham, were fined […]

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