Drunk Driver Falls onto M6

A lorry driver has been disqualified from driving after being so drunk at the wheel he fell out of his cab onto the M6 carriageway.

Polish driver Pawel Kwik was arrested after police were called to an incident at junction 2 northbound at 7.15pm on 11 January.

Kwik was so drunk it was initially thought he was suffering a cardiac arrest and when the police arrived at the scene the M6 was temporarily closed whilst numerous ambulance resources attended.

However, it quickly became clear Kwik wasn’t in cardiac arrest and he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Following interview he was charged and remanded in custody to go before Leamington Spa magistrates.

The magistrate disqualified the 31-year-old from driving for 22 months after taking into account his guilty plea.

He was also issued with a £416 fine, costs of £135 be paid to the CPS and surcharge to fund victim services of £41.

Inspector Jem Mountford said: “We are extremely thankful that no one was killed or seriously injured as a result of this incident.

“Pawel was almost three times over the legal drink drive limit. He not only put his own life at risk but that of everyone else using the M6 motorway.”

Tip-ex and Tank-ex is back with a bang for 2020

Tip-Ex and Tank-Ex 2020 will be livening up the historic town of Harrogate once again this spring.

Taking place from 28-30 May, this year’s event is packed with the latest vehicles and technology aimed at the bulk haulage sector, as well as a host of exciting new features for visitors.

The Thursday and the Friday will be focused on businesses looking to connect with leading manufacturers and receive expert operational advice, or to simply snap up a bargain deal for new kit at the show.

And for the first time the show will be dedicating its final day – Saturday - to drivers and their families, with an exciting range of fun activities for everyone to take part in.

Included on the ‘Driver Day’ will be the opportunity to bring your own working tipper or tanker into a brand-new outside display area for visitors to admire, with a fantastic prize in store for the vehicle receiving the most votes.

Also new to this year’s show will be the Transport News Northern Rewards, taking place on the Friday morning, with guest speaker Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association.

Operators based in the northern region will be able to enter 15 categories and hear the results announced during a sumptuous celebration breakfast, complete with comedian and live music.

At the business end of the event, there will be no less than four bustling exhibition halls for visitors to explore, as well as vast outside displays.

Leading truck manufacturers including Daf, Iveco, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Volvo will be represented at the show with their latest models.

Alongside this will be big name body-builders, trailer, tanker and load-handling manufacturers including Aliweld, Feldbinder, Hiab, Paneltex, Sayers Tankers, Thompsons, VanHool Tankers UK, Wilcox Commercial Vehicles and many more.

There will also be all the accessories and kit you need to keep your fleet compliant on the road, from cameras and telematics, to moving floors and hydraulic tipping gear – you name it, you’ll find it at the show.

An exciting expansion to the Knowledge Zone at this year’s event will see leading bulk haulage specialists share their tips and expertise with visitors through a packed daily seminar programme.

Free-to-attend, these quick-fire presentations will provide invaluable guidance on everything from the pitfalls of non-compliant fleets through to the benefits of embracing the latest technology innovation.

For those new to Tip-ex and Tank-ex, the quirky appeal of Harrogate means there is plenty to keep you occupied once the show has closed for the day, or if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the exhibition halls.

Visitors should make time to sample the exquisite cakes and pastries at the famous Betty’s Tea Room, or head to the Royal Baths complex where you can choose from a top-notch Chinese dinner through to a humble Wether burger.

To find out more about Tip-ex and Tank-ex 2020 or to register for your free place, visit www.tip-ex.co.uk 

We hope to see you there!