Haulage operator fined for tachograph offences

A LOCAL haulage company was fined a total of £1,000 plus £76 court cost at Derry Magistrates’ Court.

The charges related to an investigation by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) into the operation of a vehicle by Sean McGrath, Melmount Road, Sion Mills,

Mr McGrath was fined a total of £1,000 for five tachograph and drivers hours related offences.

He was also fined £200 for failure to record driving activity and a total of £800 for four counts of failing to take the required daily rest period.

On May 10 2009 DVA staff were conducting a vehicle checkpoint on the Victoria Road, Newbuildings.

Mr McGrath’s vehicle was signalled to stop. However, the vehicle drove on and instead pulled up a short distance later.

A DVA officer approached the vehicle and Mr McGrath was then directed to the DVA test centre at Newbuildings.

Upon examination of the vehicle it was discovered that the tachograph unit had been recording rest during the period when the vehicle had been observed driving on a public road.

Further analysis of the digital tachograph records revealed a series of infringements relating to rest periods.


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