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Haulier wins appeal following TC error

A prospective haulier has won an appeal to have his application for an O-licence reconsidered after the Upper Tribunal ruled that traffic commissioner (TC) Joan Aitken made an error when she refused to grant one last year.

Worker hit by car while assisting reversing HGV

A Shropshire operator must pay £12,500 in fines and costs after a worker died while attempting to assist a reversing truck. On 27 January, Mold Crown Court was told that Philip Ledward was hit by a passing car while assisting one of Arkenfield Stable Hire’s HGV drivers to manoeuvre the vehicle. He received fatal injuries from the incident, which happened in November 2011 at the operator’s Boundary Garage, Ellesmere Road, Bronington premises.

No vans involved in Renault vehicle recall

No vans are involved in a recall of 15,000 Renault vehicles the French manufacturer has announced as a result of recent concerns over their emission levels, a spokesman for the company has told Commercialmotor.com.

Sainsbury's fined for bad parking

Sainsbury’s has been fined £4,000 after delivery lorries to one of its Rugby stores repeatedly parked on a pavement, breaching a planning notice.The supermarket was found guilty of four breaches of the condition notice at a hearing at Warwickshire Justice Centre on 5 January.The council said it was the third time the store had been prosecuted for the breach after magistrates imposed fines in April and September 2015.

Chris C Hazel Haulage boss fined after worker dragged into machine

The owner of a Shropshire haulage and shot-blasting business has been fined for safety failings after a worker’s hand was dragged into an unguarded machine. In March 2013 John Bagley, who was working for Woofferton-based Chris C Hazel Haulage, suffered serious crush injuries when the leg of his overalls got caught in the machine’s drive mechanism. His hand was dragged into the machine as he tried to free himself.

Operators warned to rethink drink-driving policies

Operators have always had a duty under O-licensing rules to take reasonable steps to ensure their drivers, not just vehicles, are not breaking the law. But with the UK government planning to crack down on drink and drug driving even harder, this responsibility has never been more pertinent.  

No compensation from VW for affected owners in EU

Volkswagen UK MD Paul Willis has confirmed the company does not intend to provide compensation to EU owners whose vehicles have been fitted with a defeat device to lower NOx output during emissions testing procedures.