Transport for London’s (TfL) Industrial HGV Task Force (IHTF) have successfully prosecuted a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) operator for three separate offences.
A driver for Dave Mundy Strip-Out Limited was stopped - by police officers within the IHTF- in November 2013 and found to be working outside of the operators licence. Dave Mundy Strip-Out Limited later appeared at City of London Magistrates Court on 12th February 2014 and pleaded guilty to three offences:
- Using a HGV with no Goods Vehicle Operators Licence;
- Using a Permit for driving an HGV with no Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC);
- Using a HGV with no height indicator.
The operator was fined a total of £2,100 and ordered to pay a total of £200 in legal fees.
Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: “This is a great result for our Industrial HGV Task Force who conduct daily coordinated enforcement operations against non-compliant operators, drivers and vehicles. Through these intelligence-led operations we aim to reduce the number of killed or seriously injured incidents on our roads. We hope this prosecution sends a clear message out to non-compliant operators that we will continue to protect and secure our streets and push for the toughest penalties for those caught operating unlawfully”
Dave Mundy Strip-Out Limited is also awaiting a hearing regarding a breach of nearby weight restrictions in Victoria Station. The driver was licensed for the category of vehicle, but had failed to take the mandatory driver CPC modules following his test pass in September 2009.
Since the start of the Industrial HGV Task Force - October 2013, over 1500 vehicles have been targeted and stopped and over 400 fixed penalty notices issued for a variety of offences.