Police charge drink driving trucker

Police in North Ayrshire have charged an HGV driver in connection with drink driving offences after they were found to be allegedly three times over the legal limit.

Officers pulled over the driver of the 44-tonne artic in Irvine at around 6.40am on 15 January after information was received that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver, a 52-year-old woman, provided a positive road side breath test and was arrested at the scene. She was taken to Saltcoats Police Station and found to be allegedly three times over the limit. Police said the woman was released and the circumstances of the incident have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal. She is expected to appear in court at a later date.

Sergeant Ian Thornton of Ayrshire police’s road policing unit said its recent festive drink and drug drive campaign resulted in over 500 motorists being reported for drink drug drive offences – 28 of these were morning after drinking.

He said: “The dangers of drink driving are well known, however, when someone behind the wheel of an articulated lorry is under the influence of alcohol, the potential for this to have serious injury or fatal consequences intensifies. Stopping drink driving does rely on information provided to us from the public, and I would like to thank everyone who reports concerning driver behaviour to us.”

Licence cut by two HGVs for compliance failures

A muckaway operator who was warned by a traffic commissioner in 2019 about non-compliance has had its sole trader licence curtailed temporarily after attracting six prohibitions and a fixed penalty notice.

CMH Haulage’s licence was cut by two HGVs for two weeks after the Eastern region traffic commissioner Richard Turfitt heard evidence from a DVSA visit, which found a high roadside prohibition rate; a change of maintenance provider without notification and concerns over the validity of inspection forms. The visit was prompted by an S-marked prohibition for a tyre on one of the company’s vehicles, which was worn below the legal limit for tread. The vehicle was also untaxed.

In addition, the vehicle examiner that visited CMH Haulage’s premises in Purfleet, reported that there was no evidence of driver walk-round checks on one date; concerns regarding the maintenance provider’s qualification and concerns over the operator and transport manager’s knowledge.

At a Cambridge public inquiry, operator Adnan Manzoor, who was also the nominated transport manager, said he had attended a transport manager refresher course and a new operator seminar. Tyres were now being checked by a commercial tyre company at weekends and he had worked with his maintenance provider to overhaul training.

TC Turfitt acknowledged that improvements had been made, but more work was required and Manzoor had previously been given “a very strong steer” over non-compliance at a PI in June 2019. “The operator’s licence will be curtailed by two vehicles for 14 days.” he concluded. “His repute remains tarnished, as before.”