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Haulier’s inexperienced banksmen bring it £400k penalty

A haulage and storage company in Worcestershire must pay more than £400,000 in fines and costs after a banksman was crushed to death. Kevin Scott, 60, was assisting a lorry driver with a blind side reversing manoeuvre at Tooles Transport’s yard on the Rushock Trading Estate in Droitwich Spa, Worcester Crown Court was told. He […]

Worn tyre operator loses O-licence for infringements

Croydon-based Tyre Channel has had its O-licence revoked following a maintenance investigation that uncovered excessive periods between inspections and an ineffective system of driver daily walkaround checks. In a written decision following a public inquiry (PI) in Eastbourne on 25 June, South Eastern and Metropolitan deputy traffic commissioner (TC) John Baker revoked the O-licence from […]

Disqualified directors ignored regulators’ warnings about asbestos handling

Three directors who demonstrated “appalling” failures in the management of asbestos, exposing employees, the public and the environment to the carcinogenic material, have been fined more than £57,000 and must pay £200,000 in costs. Two of the defendants have been disqualified as directors. George Talbot and his sons, Anthony and Stephen, who ran waste management […]

Hauliers whose trucks are seized by Border Force face even greater costs if they are leased, warns lawyer

Operators whose trucks are seized by UK Border Force could suffer even greater financial penalties if the vehicle is leased, a leading lawyer has warned. The warning follows a case recently highlighted by CM in which Dover firm Bywater Transport had its leased Mercedes-Benz truck seized by Border Force officials at the Port of Dover in December […]

Lift truck incident costs firm £730,000

A timber yard has been fined £730,000 after two workers were seriously injured when they were struck by a side-loader lift truck. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how, on 23 February 2015, two employees of Palmer Timber were walking across the firm’s yard in Cradley Heath when they were hit by the truck. One worker suffered […]

Licence revoked at ‘cuckoo’s nest’ haulier

Traffic Commissioner (TC) for Scotland Joan Aitken has revoked the O-licence of Livingston-based Overland Transport describing it as a “cuckoo’s nest” arrangement for disqualified haulier Firstline International. In a written decision in June following a public inquiry in April in Edinburgh, the TC said the company had been used to circumvent her written decision in […]

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