Court Report Jan-Feb 21

Fined On Series of Tachograph Related Charges

A County Antrim Operator has been convicted at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court and fined a total of £1,500 plus a £15 offender levy on tachograph related charges.

The conviction arose when DVA Enforcement Officers stopped a Mercedes 2 axle rigid body goods vehicle in the Lisburn area and directed the driver to take the vehicle to the Department’s Weighbridge at Sprucefield.

A number of tachograph offences were identified including employer failing to use recording equipment on three occasions, recording equipment not calibrated and failure to download data from a driver card. The operator was cautioned and interviewed.

When the operator was asked about the company causing or permitting the failure of the driver and other drivers to use a driver card in the recording equipment he replied, “we were depending on the contractor to flag up this up to us but he failed to do so.”

 

Tyrone Operator Fined £800

A County Tyrone Operator was convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court and fined a total of £800 plus a £15 offender levy.

The conviction arose when DVA Enforcement Officers directed a 3 axle Scania articulated lorry in combination with a 3 axle trailer to the Department’s Weighbridge at Garmoyle Street, Belfast for the purposes of an examination.

During the analysis of the driver’s digital card and the tachograph data a number of offences were identified including failure to download relevant data from a driver card and failure to download relevant data from a tachograph. The operator was cautioned and interviewed.

 

Failed to Insert Tachograph Driver Card

A County Down Operator has been fined a total of £500 plus a £15 offender levy at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court. The conviction arose when DVA Enforcement Officers stopped a 3 axle MAN articulated lorry in combination with a 3 axle trailer in the Lisburn area for the purposes of an inspection.

During an examination of the vehicle’s tachograph data it was noted that the vehicle had been driven on 4 occasions with no drivers card inserted, also an offence of failure to download relevant data from a drive card was also noted. The operator was cautioned and interviewed.

 

Fined After Failing to Download Tachograph Data

A County Down Operator has been convicted at Belfast Magistrates’ Court and fined a total of £500 plus £15 offender levy on tachograph charges.

It happened after DVA Enforcement Officers stopped a 3 axle Volvo articulated lorry in combination with a trailer in the Belfast area for the purposes of an examination.

During an examination of vehicle’s tachograph data it was identified that the tachograph data had never been downloaded in accordance with the 90 day EU requirement. The operator was cautioned and interviewed.