Firstline International O-licence revoked for records and drivers' hours offences

A Motherwell haulage firm has been stripped of its O-licence following the discovery of numerous records and drivers’ hours  offences by the DVSA.

Scottish traffic commissioner (TC) Joan Aitken revoked Firstline International’s O-licence, effective from 31 July, following a public inquiry (PI) that took place in Edinburgh in March.

Director William Lambie was disqualified from applying for or holding an O-licence in any other traffic area for two years from the end of July.

He has also lost his repute and has been disqualified from acting as a transport manager (TM) for two years.

Drivers Steven Lambie and Scott Henderson had their HGV driving licences suspended for five weeks, beginning 10 July.

The decision was made after a DVSA investigation uncovered offences including instances of drivers failing to record their journeys, the use of magnets to interrupt tachograph recording, defective tachographs and an incorrectly calibrated tachograph unit. Drivers had also exceeded fortnightly driving limits.

A DVSA examiner also found no systems to ensure that the Working Time Directive was adhered to, no records of drivers having completed their Driver CPC, and no evidence of action following drivers’ hours infringements.

Two drivers Stephen Lambie, who is William Lambie’s son, and Henderson, had also incurred penalty points for speeding and mobile phone usage.

The PI heard that William Lambie allowed other drivers to use his driver’s card on 36 occasions. He had also failed to inform the DVSA about problems with his eyesight and the TC determined that he had applied for a digital driver card with the intention of making false records.

The director also failed to disclose the identity of the drivers that used his card to the DVSA and the TC.

“This is no way to treat a traffic commissioner,” TC Aitken said in her written decision, “let alone an investigation by the DVSA who have the duty to investigate these matters in the interest of public safety and the protection of fair competition.”

She concluded that if William Lambie is to return to a TM position, he will need to be assisted by another qualified TM, given the problems with his eyesight.

Summing up: If an operator is to return to the industry, it will need to ensure that drivers’ hours and tachograph requirements are met.

DG Taylor appeals for help after trucks theft

Tip-ex award winner DG Taylor Commercial Vehicles has had three trucks stolen from its yard in Hutton, on the Cranswick Industrial Estate.

The Driffield, East Yorkshire-based business said the theft appeared to have taken place in the early hours of Wednesday (8 July), just before 2am.

Stolen were:

  • A 2012 MAN TGX 26.440 XLX cab, 6x2 tractor unit (below, left); registration number NX12 VPM, and chassis number WMA24XZZ4CW165206.
  • A 2012 Daf XF 105 460 Space Cab, 6x2 tractor; registration number: DS61 HBJ, and chassis number: XLRTG47MS0E936547.
  • A 2011 Daf CF75 310 space cab, 26-tonne curtainsider with tail-lift (pictured main image); registration YX11 OCM, and chassis number XLRAS75PCOE901837.

DG Taylor will be grateful for any information leading to the recovery of the vehicles. If you can help please call 01377 270815 or 07730-648307.

David Taylor, founder of DG Taylor, won the Personality of the Year award, sponsored by Hyva UK, at this year’s Tip-ex and Tank-ex show.