Three Tuffnells Parcels Express drivers prosecuted for tachograph offences

 

Three drivers have been prosecuted after they admitted falsifying tachograph records, following an investigation into alleged offences at a Tuffnells Parcels Express depot in Cullompton, Devon.

Arkadiusz Jerzy Baranowski, Graham Andrews and Gary James Edginton appeared at Exeter Crown Court last month after DVSA officers investigated alleged breaches of the drivers’ hours regulations at the depot.

Baranowski, of Tiverton, was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after admitting 15 offences of creating false drivers’ hours records and one of failing to keep a proper record. He was also ordered to pay £2,000 in costs.

Andrews, of Tiverton, was fined £253 with £250 in costs for one offence of keeping false records of hours driven.

Edginton, from Axminster, was fined £440 with £550 in costs for four offences of keeping false records.

The drivers were sentenced on 19 December after pleading guilty at a hearing on 21 November.

A DVSA spokesman told Commercialmotor.com that its case against Tuffnells Parcels Express has been submitted to the traffic commissioner for consideration.

Chris Ward, MD at Tuffnells Parcels Express said: "Tuffnells is fully committed to comply with all regulations in regards to drivers hours. We have comprehensive training programmes for our drivers and managers and take any instances of non-compliance extremely seriously. Senior management reviews our legal compliance on a regular basis and we are quick to respond to any shortcomings that come to light and take action to minimise the potential for reoccurrence."

DVSA’s head of counter fraud and investigations, Andy Rice, said: "DVSA's enforcement work is vital in protecting the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles and will continue to be a core activity for us in the future.

"These sentences send a clear message that DVSA will pursue and prosecute any drivers and operators who fail to comply with the rules governing driver records of hours kept."

O-licence applications and decisions of the week - 6 January 2017

Commercialmotor.com looks at some of the major O-licence applications and decisions that were made this week.

Applications

Aspray Transport has made a number of applications in the West and North East traffic areas this week. It has applied to increase its O-licence authorisation to 42 vehicles and 12 trailers at its site in Phoenix Avenue, Green Lane Industrial Park, Featherstone, Pontefract, West Yorkshire; to run up to 33 vehicles and six trailers at its Electron Way, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire depot; and to operate up to 23 vehicles and four trailers at a site in Kingsley Close, East Way, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon.

DSV Road would like to increase its authorisation at its Eastfield Road, South Killingholme, Immingham operating centre to 130 vehicles and 130 trailers.

Edge Transport has made an application to increase its authorisation at its Fourth Avenue, Zone 2, Deeside Industrial Park, Deeside, Flintshire site to 35 vehicles and 55 trailers.

Canute Haulage would like a new operating centre in Stephenson Close, Andover, Hampshire, where it wishes to base 15 vehicles and five trailers. It also wants to remove its operation at Howard Tenens’ site in Macadam Way, West Portway Trading Estate, Andover from its O-licence.

Decisions

Abbey Logistics Group has been given the green light for a new operating centre in Mosley Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, where it will operate up to 56 vehicles and 50 trailers. It has reduced its authorisation at several sites to: two vehicles and 40 trailers in Trafford Park Road, Trafford Park; 15 vehicles and 50 trailers in Lees Road, Knowsley Industrial Park, Liverpool; 10 vehicles and 28 trailers in Brasenose Road, Bootle; and 25 vehicles and 50 trailers in Ince, Chester.

Not only is it applying to operate from a new site in Andover, Canute Haulage Group has been granted permission for a new site in Childerditch Hall Drive, Childerditch Industrial Estate, Little Warley, Brentwood, Essex, where it can operate 45 vehicles and 45 trailers.

Turners (Soham) has received permission for two new operating centres in the London and the South East traffic area. It can base seven vehicles and seven trailers in Fenn Corner, St Mary Hoo, Rochester, Kent; and three vehicles and five trailers in Vinnetrow Road, Chichester, West Sussex.

Collett Holdings can operate 15 vehicles and 30 trailers from Central Dock Road, Grangemouth, subject to it complying with the following undertaking:

  • the operator will provide the traffic commissioner with three months original bank statements and other financial details (such as overdraft facility agreements or credit card statements) that show the licence holder has access to the required financial facilities and funds of £113,950. These details are to be provided by 30 April 2017 and will cover the month of March 2017.