The conviction and imprisonment of Matthew Gordon, the owner of the business in the Bath lorry trial was just the late confirmation that directors are personally legally responsible for the Operators Licence and the safe operation of the vehicles in a similar way the breach of Health & Safety regulations has been for many years.
DVSA are fining Scaffolders for operating open back vehicles.
We have just been informed about a Scaffolder who operates in Dorset who has been fined £100 for operating a scaffolding vehicle with an open back (no tail gate).
The DVSA has updated their guide to load securing: vehicle operator guidance on (7/7/15) See below. It is important that Scaffolders review their systems to ensure they comply
I have just completed some research for a client regarding the situation in France and whether it applied to the UK. As can be seen from the FTA and the IRU (International Road Freight Union) announcements detailed below it only “applies” to France and it is questionable whether they are acting legally. We will be watching development with interest.
Managing Director and Principal Consultant