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Alleged cartel investigation continues

Investigations into an alleged cartel involving truck manufacturers continue, more than a year after the European Commission (EC) first said it suspected anti-competitive behaviour.

O-licence curtailed for "shambolic" maintenance arrangements

A sole trader who maintained his trucks at an operating centre that was “materially unfit for purpose”, causing a raft of maintenance issues, has had his O-licence curtailed by Scotland’s traffic commissioner (TC) Joan Aitken.Isle of Harris-based Kenneth Maclennan, who trades as Maclennan’s Removals, had his O-licence authorisation reduced from two to one HGV for four months from 30 October. He was warned about his repute and professional competence as a transport manager.

Company fined £75,000 following fatal coupling incident

A dairy farm has been ordered to pay over £110,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed by a truck during a coupling operation on a slope.Shunter driver Paul Davidson was fatally injured when the vehicle rolled downhill and struck him at J&B Woodcock & Sons’ Chorley, Lancashire base in March 2012.He had reversed a tractor unit in preparation to couple it to a parked trailer of empty milk containers, which had been parked on a slope leading towards the dairy loading bay.

Slough aims to cut NOx with low emissions strategy

HGVs travelling through Slough could be forced to clean up their act after the council said it had been given government money to cut transport emissions.Although an official announcement has not been made, the funding award and plan were contained in a recent impact assessment report looking into an M4 widening scheme.

Haulier loses O-licence after fatal cycling incident

Cornwall haulier Frys Logistics, whose driver was convicted of causing the death of two cyclists by dangerous driving last year, has been stripped of its O-licence and disqualified from running HGVs for 10 years.Western traffic commissioner (TC) Sarah Bell found the operator’s lack of regard for drivers’ hours rules and the Working Time Directive contributed to the deaths of Toby Wallace and Andrew McMenigall on 2 July 2013 as it sent driver Robert Palmer out to drive without taking sufficient rest.

Company fined after worker crushed by van

A contract gardening company has been fined for health and safety failings that contributed to a worker being crushed by a van as he checked the vehicle for a fault.Peter Cooper, an employee of Nottingham-based A Hydes, which trades as Woodland Landscapes, suffered serious chest injuries when the van slipped off a trolley jack and landed on top of him as he was looking for faults underneath it.

Haulier who encouraged drivers' hours breaches banned by TC

The director of a Kinross, Scotland-based haulage business that fostered a culture of non-compliance has been banned from operating trucks for three years, starting next month.Operator George McMinn, who trades as Brunthill Haulage, will have his O-licence revoked from 4 December after traffic commissioner (TC) Joan Aitken found that he encouraged drivers to breach drivers’ hours and tachograph rules by giving them the impression that loads and backloads were time-sensitive.