Dashcam footage released after chain reaction smash

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An HGV driver has been jailed for 18 months after he smashed into a queue of traffic when he failed to react in time.

David Price, 65, was also handed a 29-month driving ban after pleading guilty to causing injury by dangerous driving following the crash on the A17 in Newark in June 2018.

Price’s lorry collided with a Renault Clio and caused a chain reaction as the Clio struck an Audi A1, which then launched into the back of another HGV.

The Clio driver, a Leeds University student, suffered serious life-changing injuries including a bleed on her brain, a broken back, broken neck, broken arm, broken ribs and a broken nose.

She needed a number of operations for her injuries and had to withdraw from university due to her injuries.

The driver of the Audi, who was travelling to Leeds to visit her daughter, also suffered significant injuries which resulted in her having time off work.

Prior to the crash, Price approached the queueing traffic at around 55mph and collided with back of the Clio at 49mph.

Inspector Heather Sutton, neighbourhood policing inspector, said: “We have issued the dashcam footage, with the agreement of the victims, as a warning to drivers to pay attention when behind the wheel.

“Price’s dangerous driving caused catastrophic life-changing injuries within the space of a few seconds.

“It could all have been avoided if he had paid attention when behind the wheel. Now he has time to reflect on the consequences of his actions in prison.”

Operator wins appeal after “unfair” TC decision

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The transport tribunal has found that a decision by TC Kevin Rooney to revoke the licence of a Southampton haulage contractor and maintenance provider was “procedurally unfair and plainly wrong”.

Sheppard Commercial Services (SCS) in Marchwood had appealed against the TC’s decision made in 2018 after it had appeared at a public inquiry to discuss a maintenance investigation into connected business IPL Haulage.

In November 2017, a vehicle belonging to IPL was subjected to a roadside check and found to have an AdBlue emulator fitted.

IPL Haulage’s director, Ian Percival, was also director of SCS, having purchased 50% of the business in 2015, although he did not undertake any day-to-day functions.

This connection meant that both Percival and SCS boss Graeme Roberts appeared before the TC to discuss the emulator.

Prior to the PI, Roberts asked Percival to transfer funds to SCS so that it could demonstrate financial standing.

In his decision, Rooney claimed this amounted to a fraudulent act, as did the fitting of the emulator, and so he revoked IPL’s licence.

He also revoked SCS’ licence, as “Percival was a statutory director of the company and his conduct was directly relevant to the good repute of Sheppard” and “Sheppard sought to circumvent the financial standing analysis by transferring money between companies.”

Both companies appealed the decisions, although the tribunal noted that IPL and Percival withdrew their appeals as IPL was subsequently granted a new licence “and presumably, Mr Percival’s good repute was restored.”

In her written judgment, Judge Jacqueline Beech said the call-up letter had failed to give Roberts any real understanding of why SCS was being called to the PI.

She also said the TC had failed to put any questions to Percival about the inter-company loans and had failed to ask his solicitor to deal with them in his closing submissions.

The judge added: “The issue of the loans required further and detailed analysis of the position and it was plainly wrong to make findings of “cheating” and “cynical” conduct without that analysis and putting those allegations to Mr Roberts, if not Mr Percival.

“The TC’s order is set aside and the matter is remitted for reconsideration at a further public inquiry with a new call up letter.”