Arrest for intoxicated lorry driver without MOT

Police in Wiltshire have condemned the actions of a lorry driver after he was pulled over and found to be under the influence of drugs and driving without an MOT.

The HGV was flagged down last month by officers on the A36 near Salisbury when it was suspected of being driven illegally.

It was believed to have no MOT and had been registered as off the road.

However, as officers looked into the cab to speak to the driver they smelt cannabis and so the male driver was tested with a drug wipe at the scene, which indicated a positive result.

Wiltshire police said a 53-year-old man from Chard in Somerset was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and taken into custody at Melksham. He has now been released under investigation.

Inspector John Hutchings welcomed the action by his officers and said: “As soon as they were alerted to this suspected illegal vehicle it was stopped and the driver spoken to; suspicion of drug use was evident, which the roadside preliminary drug wipe confirmed. “Driving a vehicle without an MOT is not only illegal but, could be dangerous as faults may be present that could lead to a collision.

“However, coupled with drug driving this is a recipe for a serious collision where people could be at the very least hurt or possibly even killed.”

PRM Group gets quiet multi-temp trailers for 30th birthday present

PRM Group

PRM Group has added two new multi-temperature trailers to its fleet to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary.

The two Gray & Adams trailers feature a celebratory 30th Anniversary livery with the slogan “solutions to distribution for over 30 years”, as well as logos of many of its customers in the retail, wholesale and food services industries.

The trailers have been fitted with Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 mutli-temperature refrigeration units which are said to be 50% quieter than the previous Vector 1950 units.

They also have a sliding interior bulkhead door, indicating side marker lights for enhanced safety, additional lights at the rear for greater visibility and a GRP interior finish for easier cleaning.

Philip Morrow, owner and MD of PRM Group, said: “PRM have always invested in innovation, ensuring we continually improve our fleet with new and more sustainable solutions. We wanted a prestigious, high quality trailer for our 30th Anniversary and we turned to Gray & Adams, as they are a partner we trust. We’re focused on deploying more environmentally friendly solutions across our fleet. Carrier Transicold’s new Vector HE 19s are already playing a big part in helping to improve our fleet efficiency and sustainability, primarily by delivering huge fuel savings compared to our previous fridge units.”