Two hauliers fined for hours breaches
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By Roger Brown TWO HAULIERS based in Northern Ireland have been fined for drivers' hours offences.
In a prosecution brought by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) at Omagh Magistrates' Court, Lisburn, Co Antrim-based McCulla (Ireland) was fined £200 for two daily rest offences.
In June 2012 DVA enforcement officers stopped one of the firm's articulated trucks in Omagh to conduct a compliance spot check and found two infringements relating to daily rest periods.
The charges were brought under the Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) Regulations (NI) 1996 and the Road Traffic (NI) Order 1981.
Meanwhile, in a case at Dungannon Magistrates' Court, Total Freight, based in Clontycarty Lane, Tynan, Co Armagh, was fined £2,500 for failing to produce tachograph and drivers' hours records.
DVA enforcement officers conducted an investigation into 20 vehicles being operated by the haulier, where they sent several letters to the company requesting that tachograph records be handed over for analysis. However, no records were produced by the firm.
A company representative failed to be formally interviewed about the matter, which resulted in the case being prepared for consideration by the Public Prosecution Service.
Total Freight was convicted on one specimen charge under the Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) Regulations (NI) 1996 and the Road Traffic (NI) Order 1981 of failing to produce tachograph records relating to the 20 vehicles.