Following a VOSA-led investigation, a haulage company and a bus/coach company have been fined a total of £50,000 for multiple tachograph non-compliance offences.
Cornwall-based Darley Ford Transport (HGV) and Darley Ford Travel (PSV) were fined for drivers’ hours offences. They were also ordered to pay full costs of more than £11,000 at Truro Magistrates Court.
A total of 10 drivers were fined a total of £3,530 for drivers’ hours offences – including taking insufficient rest, exceeding the 4.5 driver’s hours rule, false records and failure to use a tachograph. They were also ordered to pay £3,480 in costs.
Another six drivers were disqualified from driving for between 10 and 56 days. Heather Cruickshank, VOSA’s Operations Director said: “Our number one priority is road safety and investigators will always seek to prosecute those who risk the lives of other road users through arrogance and ignoring the rules.”