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Two strikes and you’re out!

Published on: Dec 13 2016 at 05:49 PM

A Bridgend haulier who was given “a fighting chance” to put his house in order “blew it” by ignoring the instructions of Scotland’s Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken.

Fraser Woodrow had his vehicle operating licence curtailed for three months by Ms Aitken in 2014 but subsequent investigations revealed clear evidence that he had breached that order, including by borrowing and using vehicles from other operators.

Furthermore, he had allowed a vehicle to be listed as one of three to which his access would be prohibited by the 2014 ruling while knowing that it had been sold three months prior to the curtailment.

Examiners from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) also uncovered evidence of drivers’ hours and tachograph offences by drivers working for Mr Woodrow.

The Commissioner said that Mr Woodrow had let a lot of people down by the manner of his operating but most of all had shown a continuing disregard for the relationship of trust that is operator licensing.

“There is a purpose to operating licensing and it is to protect from harms,” Ms Aitken said. “Disregard for the drivers’ hours rules and allowing drivers to work with such disregard is unforgiveable given that these rules are there to protect us all from driver fatigue.”

Fraser Woodrow did not set out to comply, he circumvented, the Commissioner concluded as she revoked his operator’s licence with immediate effect, setting the period of disqualification at 30 months.



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