SOE Haulage fined £1,100 for tachograph offences

A Dungannon, County Tyrone, operator has been fined £1,100 for tachograph offences that included failing to check that it was complying with the law.

SOE Haulage, which has an O-licence authorising up to 10 vehicles and 10 trailers from two operating centres in Portadown and Benurb, Antrim, appeared at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court on 9 February following an investigation by the Driver and Vehicle Agency.

It was fined £700 for four counts of employing a driver who failed to take a daily rest; £200 for two counts of employing a driver who exceeded the daily driving limit; and £200 for not carrying out regular checks to ensure the business was complying with EU drivers’ hours rules.

The company was also charged a £15 offenders levy.

MAN on the road for Formula One testing in Barcelona

Xpression Events Solutions has acquired a TopUsed MAN TGX 26.480 to meet its needs supporting logistics for the Formula One testing in Barcelona next month.

Initially the north Oxfordshire-based specialist event support firm was looking for a loan vehicle to transport its hospitality unit that is being used by the caterers of a leading Formula One team. 

However it decided to acquire the Euro-6 TGX 6x2/2 with an XLX cab following discussions with MAN’s UK boss Simon Elliott.

The 14-plate TGX has 138kms on the clock and comes with a D2676LF25 engine.

MD at Xpression Events, Jonathan Hill said: “We are travelling by ferry to Santander and then to Barcelona before returning through France and need everything to run smoothly.

“Because of the nature of our work economy and R&M packages were not really a factor in the decision making process. 

“It fits our needs perfectly, and I am already looking forward to taking it on the road trip.”

The vehicle, which has undergone a full MAN TopUsed inspection and warranty process, will be given a makeover.

MAN TopUsed specialist Lewis Monk, who sourced the vehicle, said: “It is going to be wrapped with a design featuring the chequer flag and will have spotlights, sun visor, light bar and chrome hub caps. 

“It will certainly look the part.”