Four-year ban for Scottish livestock haulier19 June 2017

A livestock haulier has been disqualified from running and driving HGVs for four years, after falsifying driving records.

Traffic commission for Scotland Joan Aitken said Donald Mackay, of Oban, had “undermined safe and fair haulage” by attempting to profit financially and commercially from his actions.

At a public inquiry last month, the regulator heard that Mr Mackay had been using another driver’s card, as well as his own. When inspectors analysed the cards after a roadside stop last August, they found 57 infringements between February 2014 and July 2016, 25 of which were very serious and a threat to road safety.

Mackay claimed he could not find drivers for double-manning – an argument rejected by the traffic commissioner.

She said: “I do not expect any operator licensed by my office to take on work if that work cannot be done lawfully.”

She also reflected that driver misjudgement through fatigue could be catastrophic for the animals.

Mackay will be disqualified as an operator, transport manager and professional driver from 30 June 2017 for four years. His licence to operate HGVs will also be revoked on that date.

Laura Cork

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