House crash driver gets six-month ban

Criminal convictions

An HGV driver who crashed into a house in Harlow, narrowly missing sleeping children, has been banned from the roads for six months. 

A police investigation following the incident in the early hours of 17 December last year found that Navarain Singh had flouted drivers’ hours rules and had incorrectly completed tachograph sheets.

The wall the lorry hit was next to where children were sleeping.

Appearing at Southend Magistrates’ Court Singh admitted one count of careless driving and seven counts of failing to use a tachograph recording sheet, and was given nine points on his licence.

He already had three points, so was banned for six months.

In addition, he was fined a total of £1,070, told to pay £100 costs and a £37 victim surcharge.

Adam Pipe, head of roads policing, said: “This collision could very easily have ended in tragedy – either to Navarain Singh himself or someone inside the building he hit.

“There are strict regulations which set out how many hours lorry drivers can drive over a set period of time and it is clear from our investigation that Singh had completely ignored these in the fortnight before the collision.

“It’s so important these regulations are adhered to because they’re there to keep people safe. 

“I hope this acts as a reminder to all drivers about the need to stick to the rules of the road.”

Electric LDVs give Tesco a little extra help

Tesco has acquired 30 LDV EV80 electric vans for its home delivery service as part of its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2035. The 56kW EV80 is claimed to have a 120 mile range from a high-capacity lithium battery which can be fully charged in under 90 minutes.

The EV80 drives through the Digital Intelligent CVT (continuously variable transmission) system which adjusts the motor’s output according to operating conditions. The refrigerated bodies are chilled by Thermo King electric units. The vans are supplied fully-liveried and come with a standard five-year R&M package.

Tesco joins operators including Royal Mail, IKEA and Milk & More in adopting the Chinese-owned SAIC Maxus brand, distributed in European RHD markets by the Dublin-based Harris Group.

Harris general manager Mark Barrett said: “It’s great to be part of Tesco’s greener motoring journey and it’s fantastic to see the EV80 decked out in Tesco livery. With a new fleet of EV80s at Tesco’s disposal, customers can lower their carbon footprint while enjoying the convenience of home delivery. Our electric vehicles are easily customised, making them the right fit for any business looking to improve their environmental credentials. Our range of EV vehicles offer exceptional battery range, modern specifications and are accessible to businesses big or small through our affordable commercial options.”