Untrained driver drove hazchems
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Riding took a risk in driving a tanker containing hazardous chemicals without a vocational training certificate, after starting a new business following the liquidation of Riding Bros (Goalway).
Riding told Harrogate Magistrates he had formed Riding Warehousing last November, following the failure of the 18-vehicle business of Riding Bros. He operated two tankers, driving one himself. He had taken no money from the company, using what was earned to pay the wages of the driver of the second tanker.
Prosecuting for the Health & Safety Executive, Keith King said that a tanker driven by Riding was stopped in a check and found to be currying 20 tonnes of fermentation alcohol for Velva Liquids Ltd, of North Shields.
Riding admitted he was aware that he ought to have had a vocational training certificate, under regulations that became operative last July. He said that as he had just started up in business, he would take the risk.
Fining Riding 1250, and ordering him to pay £100 prosecution costs, the magistrates said that he had acted irresponsibly, and but for his financial circumstances the fine would have been much greater.