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Essex courier fined following forklift truck accident

A courier firm has been fined £18,000 after a worker broke his hip when he was struck by a forklift truck being driven by an untrained employee.The incident, which took place at Unico Services UK’s warehouse in Rayleigh, Essex, in November 2013, saw an unnamed member of staff hit by a passing load being carried by a forklift truck while he was taking parcels from a cage. He has not been able to return to full-time work as a result of the incident.

Haulier who smuggled cigarettes gets prison sentence

A Belgian haulier has been charged with smuggling more than 147 million cigarettes into the UK and avoiding duty. The cigarettes, worth an estimated £32m in lost excise duty, were hidden behind crates of rotting pears and smuggled in over multiple trips. The load was discovered by HMRC when officers stopped Hans Verhoeven’s HGV at the Junction 26 Truck Stop off the M25 near Waltham Abbey, Essex, in July 2014.

Tachograph cheat has O-licence revoked

An owner-operator who undermined fair competition by using magnets to interrupt digital tachograph recordings has had his O-licence revoked and been disqualified for three years.Aberdeen-based Alexander Jarvis Jamieson, who traded as Sandy Jamieson, has also been banned from driving HGVs for three years.

Omagh haulier fined for not paying HGV Road User Levy

An Omagh, Northern Ireland-based haulier has been fined a total of £850 for failing to pay the HGV Road User Levy and for obstructing enforcement officers.Mark Lyons was fined £600 at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (19 November) after Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) officers found that he had not paid the road user charge for a truck he was operating.

60 second law update: Hazchem

From 1 January 2015, businesses transporting hazardous chemicals have had to comply with the 2015 amendments to ADR regulations. The rules, a Europe-wide agreement on how dangerous goods can be safely transported by road, are updated every two years alongside similar agreements for the rail and water freight sectors.