Pallet firm owner showed ‘self-serving ignorance’ – regulator 02 August 2017

The owner of a pallet firm will be disqualified from running vehicles and lose his transport licence from 11 August, after he was found to have been “self-serving” and showed continued ignorance of his duties.

Peter Henderson, trading as City Pallets, appeared before Scotland’s traffic commissioner Joan Aitken after a DVSA investigation revealed a string of offences, including 17,000km of missing mileage from records and numerous drivers’ hours offences.

At a public inquiry, the regulator also heard that City Pallets had poor maintenance standards as its vehicles had failed MOTs on multiple issues.

Henderson admitted he had difficulties with tachographs, but said he thought he could drive for 40 miles a day without one.

The traffic commissioner said: “I cannot allow him continuing ‘catch up’ when the rules are there to keep us all safe and to have a level playing field.”

She added that he his approach had been “self serving” and that “there is a fair chance it has suited him not to produce or keep all of his charts”.

Laura Cork

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