Traffic commissioner expresses horror at negligence of M1 crash driver Ryszard Masierak

Commercial Motor
March 12, 2018


The traffic commissioner for the West Midlands has expressed his dismay about the "horrifying negligence and irresponsibility" shown by the driver convicted of causing eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving after a colision on the M1 last year.

Earlier this month, Ryszard Masierak was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving while another HGV driver David Wagstaff admitted the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.

The two lorry drivers will be sentenced later this month for their role in a multiple fatality accident on the motorway.

Eight people were killed in the crash near Newport Pagnell that involved an AIM Logistics vehicle driven by Masierak, FedEx vehicle driver Wagstaff and a minibus.

The court heard that Masierak was twice the drink-drive limit when he stopped his vehicle on the carriageway near Newport Pagnell.

The minibus pulled up behind his lorry and put on its hazard warning lights, waiting to go around it, but seconds later Wagstaff’s vehicle ploughed into the back of the minibus, forcing it under Masierak’s vehicle.

TC for the West Midlands Nick Denton commented on the case: "Professional HGV drivers must constantly show through their driving behaviour that they are fit to be given charge of a truck weighing up to 44 tonnes. Most HGV drivers do. But through his horrifying negligence and irresponsibility, Mr Masierak has shown that he is utterly unfit to be entrusted with the right to drive HGVs.

"Rules on driving time and drink driving are there for good reasons but Mr Masierak ignored them, with catastrophic consequences for the innocent victims and their families.

"Mr Masierak’s right to drive HGVs has been revoked and if he ever intends to re-enter this profession, he will face a nigh-on insuperable challenge persuading a traffic commissioner to return that right to him in the face of his actions."

Both men will be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on 23 March.

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