CVA and MV Commercial team up for auction

Commercial Vehicle Auctions (CVA) held the first ‘Ready To Go’ online truck auction in conjunction with MV Commercial which saw strong levels of interest from both the UK and bidders as far afield as New Zealand.

The sale, held on Friday the 17th July, included light commercials and trailers, both of which attracted some fierce competition resulting in strong prices before moving on to a wide selection of 7.5 tonne box vans through to a 32-tonne cement mixer.

A selection of very low mileage hook-loaders and skip-loaders commanded both the most attention and the most intense competition on the day, while more specialist plant lorries and tipper grabs were also in high demand due to the currently very active construction and utilities sectors.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the industry has seen numerous factory closures, disruption to supply chains and delays to orders as well as the suspension of all MOT testing: this created a supply shortage for those wanting to purchase new (or newer) vehicles. As a result MV’s Steven Cairns and Tom O’Rourke took the view that they were in a unique position to bring a selection of premium quality, late year, low mileage trucks to market through an auction. Where the manufacturer’s warranty had expired MV covered it with a driveline warranty of their own. MV Commercial and CVA now plan to run a specialist trailer auction later in the year.

Jail for driver who killed people carrier passenger

Health and Safety

A lorry driver whose vehicle struck a people carrier on the M1 and killed a passenger has been jailed for more than four years.

Polish national Wojciech Bukowski, 65, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of causing death by dangerous driving and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving (CM 11 June).

On Sunday 1 December, Bukowski’s HGV struck a Kia Sedona people carrier on the southbound carriageway of the M1 at junction 11a in Bedfordshire.

The driver of the Kia had pulled over to the inside lane as the vehicle was experiencing mechanical difficulties.

Emergency services attended and Zahid Ahmed, 19, who was sat in the nearside rear passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four of the other passengers were left with serious injuries and the driver suffered minor injuries.

Bukowski was unhurt in the collision.

Bukowski was also handed four 18-month sentences for each count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, which will each run concurrently alongside his longer sentence.

His Honour Judge Bishop said: “No sentence I can pass can turn the clock back, nor any amount of a sentence bring back what has been lost.”

Detective Constable Ben Amondsen said: “This was an extremely sad incident that could have been avoided, had Bukowski been paying attention to the road.