Haulage MD imprisoned for false driving record offences

A Telford haulage MD has been sent to prison after an investigation found that he allowed drivers to commit scores of false driving record offences.

Stephen Holding (right), MD of  and SP Holding Tractor Hire, was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment after he was found guilty at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

A DVSA fraud investigation team discovered that 10 drivers were not complying with road traffic legislation relating to drivers’ hours and records. In most instances, it was found that they were on duty for longer periods than they should have been.

In 2014 the drivers were fined a total of £10,000 and £1,200 costs, and Holding appeared at a hearing on 25 January 2016 to receive his prison sentence.

DVSA head of fraud and integrity Andy Rice said: “While this type of offence is rare, the DVSA takes the falsification of driving records very seriously and will pursue and prosecute anyone who attempts to undermine public safety.”

He added: “We carry out investigations based on intelligence and information from the public and the haulage industry, as well as conducting checks across the strategic road network, using technology such as ANPR cameras as well as enforcement officers at the roadside and at our check sites.”