Bed manufacturer caught napping

The director of a Smethwick business that held a licence authorising three HGVs has been disqualified for a year after demonstrating “an appalling lack of control”.

Deputy TC Nick Jones said Sleep Revolution director Mohammed Din Ayub allowed a driver to get behind the wheel of an HGV while disqualified and without holding the required CPC qualification. In addition, the lorry was later found to be uninsured.

Despite repeated attempts by the DVSA and office of the TC to contact the company following a subsequent investigation into its business, no-one from Sleep Revolution attended the public inquiry. Nevertheless, DTC Jones accepted the accuracy of the evidence from the DVSA and concluded that the restricted licence operator needed to be closed down.

In his written decision, he said: “Any order other than revocation of the licence would in the circumstances be perverse.” He said Ayub had revealed a total lack of appreciation of the responsibilities of being an operator and that a 12-month disqualification was proportionate.

The PI had heard that Ayub had recently resigned from his position and a new director called Najeeb Sabir had replaced him. However, the OTC had not been notified of these changes and Jones said that if Sabir made any application in the future, it would be brought to the attention of the traffic commissioner. “Turning to the limited company a 12 month disqualification is appropriate, in the event of any future application I suspect that a public inquiry will determine matters,” he added.

Driving ban for drunk trucker

A drunk HGV driver has been banned from the roads for two years after he collided through a hedge into a crop field and narrowly missed several cars.

Police said it was only luck Joseph Ceasar did not harm anyone on the A346 in Wiltshire after they received reports from members of the public of an HGV swerving in the road between Marlborough and Swindon. The trucker’s vehicle then crossed the central white line and left the road, going through a seven-foot hedge and ending up in a field. When the police arrived Ceasar, who was working at the time, was arrested and a test carried out that showed he was three times over the legal limit for drink driving.

He pleaded guilty at Swindon Magistrates’ Court to driving a vehicle over the specified alcohol limit and was disqualified and given a community order, as well as ordered to pay court costs and surcharges.

PC Sam Bridgeman of the Swindon community policing team, said: “We continue to stress the dangers of drink driving and there is no excuse to get behind the wheel of a vehicle whilst under the influence of drink. We are thankful to the members of public who not only called us with their concerns regarding Ceasar’s driving but also stopped and ensured that Ceasar did not attempt to continue his journey.”