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29th May 2008, Page 23
29th May 2008
Page 23
Page 23, 29th May 2008 — IP CASE ONE
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Hours offences lead to £2,000 fine

FIVE DRIVERS working for the same tipper operator have been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £2,065. These were the result of drivers' hours and tachograph offences, including the falsification of records in one case.

The five, including the company's managing director, were employed by PS Roberts Haulage of Tideswell, Derbyshire, and appeared before the High Peak Magistrates.

Of the drivers involved, Keith Higginbottom of Bollington pleaded guilty to six offences of falsification and 16 of exceeding permitted driving hours and taking insufficient rest. Prosecuting for Vosa, John Heaton said that Fligginbottom had admitted using a 'ghost' name on the charts to buy himself time. Higginbottom said he had tried to hide the 35 minutes' driving to Buxton. Countingqueuing in the quarry as driving time, it meant losing a load a day overall.

Magistrates fined him £600 and he was ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs plus a £15 victim surcharge, which goes into a fund to compensate victims of crime.

Damien Bramhall of Peak Dale, admitted four four-and-a-halfhour driving offences. He was fined £150 with £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Mark Howard of Bradwell. Hope Valley, admitted three similar offences. In a letter to the court, Howard said the offences would have been avoided if he had been given proper training.

He alleged he was told by managing director Paul Roberts that his tachographs were okay and that he was having his breaks at the correct times. Howard was fined £200 with £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Simon Lewis of Bradwell admitted two offences of exceeding the fortnightly driving limit. He was fined E100. with £120 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

MD Paul Roberts admitted two offences of four-and-a-half-hour driving. He was fined £100, with /120 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Before April 2007, he said, the offences would not have been committed but the rules had changed.

The company pleaded guilty to 22 offences of using vehicles when the drivers committed offences and six of permitting falsification of tachograph records. Sentence was adjourned for a fortnight.

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