Drivers' lives in danger
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• One of Beverley-based Argas's drivers was responsible for putting other drivers' lives in danger as a huge plume of petroleum gas vapour esca from a cylinder on the back of his vehicle.
David Lloyd of Beverley Road, Hull, denied carrying a dangerous substance when it had not been made secure when he appeared before Scarborough magistrates.
Prosecuting for the Health & Safety Executive, Keith King said the driver's actions could have led to disaster.
When the vehicle was stopped. Lloyd leapt from the cab without switching off the engine, risking an explosion caused by a spark.
Constable Richard Bentley of North Yorkshire Police said the flat-bed lorry was full of gas cylinders, one of which had fallen over and leaked.
Lloyd, who has 20 years' LGV driving experience, is now unemployed. He said he did all he could to secure the cylinders by lashing them to the sides of the wagon.
The magistrates convicted Lloyd, giving him a year's conditional discharge, and ordered him to pay £.150 prosecution costs.