Munro drivers in court over hours
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by Mike Jewell • Eleven Allen Munro Transport drivers have appeared in court over a series of alleged drivers' hours and tachograph offences following a raid on the company's Skelmersdale depot by police and the Department of Transport Last October's raid followed a Sunday newspaper story based on a taped meeting between a Munro director and drivers (CM 26 Oct-1 Nov 1995).
The 11 men faced a variety of allegations before Ormskirk Magistrates, including the falsi fication of tachograph records, driving beyond the legally permitted limits and taking less than the required amount of rest between August and October 1995. Stephen Kirkbright, representing some of the drivers, said these were very complex drivers' hours matters and he would be raising a preliminary point about the validity of the summonses themselves.
The magistrates adjourned the cases until 10 May for legal argument; the Vehicle Inspectorate expects seven other Munro drivers to appear on the same date.