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Drivers at Cumbria haulage firm guilty of tachograph fraud

SEVENTEEN members of staff at a Cumbria haulage firm have been jailed or handed suspended sentences for a huge tachograph fraud operation.

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Staff at Ross International and Ross International Haulage Ltd, which were based in Wigton and Glasgow, have been sentenced for their part in falsifying records.

The director, manager and 15 HGV drivers at the company were sentenced in Carlisle Crown Court.

Two managers and 13 drivers pleaded guilty to the offence, and two more were found guilty after a trial.

William Ross, director, was jailed for two years for running companies where staff drove too long without enough breaks.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in November.

The company had tachograph records seized and the digital data obtained was analysed and revealed about 182 apparent false records.

Analysis also revealed 350,000 kilometres missing for 10 vehicles over the period June 2009 until June 2010.

Stuart Pattinson, senior Crown prosecutor for the North West, said: “By law, drivers of goods vehicles and their employers must keep these records of driving time, speed and distance to demonstrate compliance with drivers hours laws. By flouting those laws for the sake of profit, other roads users are put at considerable risk of accidents caused by driver fatigue.

“We have worked closely with Cumbria Police to bring a strong case against these men, resulting in all but two of them entering guilty pleas.

“I hope these convictions, and the sentences received, send a powerful deterrent message to other operators and drivers who may be tempted to undertake such an endeavour.”

The following men were sentenced:

  • William Ross, 42, of Easton, Wigton, was sentenced to two years imprisonment and was disqualifed from driving for 18 months.
  • Robert Robertson, 47, of Glasgow, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for 18 months.
  • Allan Lockerbie, 54, of Carlisle, had 48 offences and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
  • Iain Clements Fleming, 43, of Newton Stewart, had 34 offences and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
  • Andrew William Sherburn, 39, Maryport, had 22 offences and was sentenced to six months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for nine months.
  • George Bowe, 50, of Glasgow, had 10 offences and was sentenced to six months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for nine months.
  • David Kirk Warbeck, 52, of Dumfries, was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years and banned from driving for six months.
  • John Leadham Rae Wilson, 50, of Dumfries, was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years and banned from driving for six months.
  • Brian Matthew Chisholm, 43, of Castle Douglas, was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years and banned from driving for six months.
  • Darren Riley, 41, of Carlisle, was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years and banned from driving for six months.
  • George Campbell Burns, 47, of Ardrossan, was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years and banned from driving for six months.
  • Nicholas Steven Bartle, 46, of Scunthorpe, was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years and banned from driving for six months.
  • John Ian Brown, 44, of Ellesmere Port had 28 offences and was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for nine months.
  • Mark William McCornick, 48, of Lucan, County Dublin, was sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for six months.
  • David Nutbeam, 53, was sentenced to two months imprisonment suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for six months.
  • Shaun Elliot, 42, of Hexham, who had four offences and was sentenced to six months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for nine months.
  • John Mark Watson, 45, of Wigton, who had nine offences and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for nine months.
Have your say

I have a simlar problem myself, all because im not affaird of working for my money. No dhss hand outs here, i could not get them if i tryed simple because i am born & raised in fake britan i mean britan nothing great about it. The goverment is always going on about getting more people into work, so they can punish them for doing it. Only a fool will work. This is what i call legalised crime ( the money racket ) the vosa,dva,police,solicitors, barristers,judges and all them mp's the parasites of society thats ruining the country. Sorry running the country. Maybe if the living wages was been paid and not the minuim wage and all these lopholes for expenses added to wages so the employer pays lease tax but the employee gets shifted and then the employer claiming it back in dividends tax free if there smart and then tells u theres nothing in it. No pay raise. So to all u do gooders out there from sept 2014 there will a driver shortage dew to driver cpc ( tax ) and the boys who r locked up and more getting locked up. Go and get your licence and give the job ago see how long u last. Working 15hr days taking split breaks, working days then nights on and of boats r trains 12 times r more all in 1 week batterys for u r not inclueded all for £90 a day £100 if u r lucky. So 7 days away from home £700 take home top line. Legally working not driving . 84hrs working. Max driving 56hrs with in 84hrs over 6 days plus an extra 5 hours for boat movements plus a 24hr rest period. Remeber 7 ngts away from home. The truth is i love it but the pay is turning me against it for hours worked and the fear of going to jail. This is the real world not text book, so when ur home delivery is not there r milk for your corn flakes in the shop r fuel for your car blame the lorry driver either way cause he has to take his break r they r in jail r they have just been sacked. Good luck to all the lads doing the time for the only crime of working. I might be seeing u soon.

Posted by jonny bell on 8 August 2014 at 02:12

Lorrie driving is the only job where you can be prosecuted for working to many hours.most of the bosses or planners have only sat behind a desk having never driven an hgv.how many jobs is it legal to work 15 hours a day & 9 hours off.the press & authorities go on about driver fatigue.ban the 15 hour spread & make it law all transport planners .bosses etc must have done a min of 3 years on the road.we have our licence & c.p.c.most truck drivers are more qualified than their bosses.sorry for my moan but stick up for drivers.thx all.

Posted by paul Nevin on 25 January 2014 at 22:37

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