Court Report

Fined for being Overweight

A County Tyrone operator was convicted at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court and fined a total of £900 plus £31 court costs.

The conviction arose when DVA Vehicle Examiners stopped a 3 axle Volvo articulated goods vehicle in combination with a 3 axle Fruehauf semi trailer in the vicinity of the A4 Enniskillen.
The driver was directed to the test centre in Enniskillen where the vehicle was found to be overweight on its gross train weight by 4640kgs (10.54%) and overweight on the 3 closely spaced axles 4, 5 &6 by 3580kgs (14.9%) and overweight on the 3 axle by 2060kgs (17.91%).

Failed to Take Rest

A County Londonderry driver was convicted at Antrim Magistrates’ Court and fined a total of £600 plus £31 court costs.

The court heard that DVA Vehicle Examiners stopped and examined a 3 axle Scania articulated goods vehicle in combination with a 3 axle Farlow semi-trailer in the Toome area. During an analysis of the recording equipment it came to light that on eight occasions the driver had failed to take the required statutory 4 ½ hr breaks.

Hadn’t proper Licence

A County Tyrone Driver was convicted at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court and fined a total of £600 plus £15 court costs.

The conviction arose when DVA Enforcement Officers in the Enniskillen area stopped a 2 axle DAF goods vehicle towing a Nugent trailer.
An investigation of the driver’s details identified that the driver had previously been cautioned regarding not having the correct category of driver licence and that he had since failed to take the appropriate test thereby rendering his insurance invalid.
The vehicle was taken to the portable weighpad facility at Enniskillen test centre, this produced the following results, the gross vehicle weight of the trailer was 800kgs more than its plated gross vehicle weight of 3500kgs making it overloaded by 22.85%.

Multiple Offences

A County Fermanagh Driver was convicted at East Tyrone Magistrates’ Court and fined a total of £750 plus £31 court costs after DVA Enforcement Officers stopped a 2 axle goods vehicle in the vicinity of the A4 at Ballygawley.

The driver was asked to produce his tachograph chart for that day, but he admitted he was not using the tachograph. An inspection of the drivers driving details identified that he did not hold the correct category of driving licence required to drive the vehicle in question and that a valid insurance wasn`t in place.
In addition, the vehicles offside and nearside sidelights were defective, its nearside headlight was defective and its tachograph needed a 2 year check.