Hauliers fined for breaches

AN Inniskeen haulage company has been fined for breaches of the Road Traffic Act following an RSA inspection.

AN Inniskeen haulage company has been fined for breaches of the Road Traffic Act following an RSA inspection.

DG McArdle International Ltd, Callenberg, Inniskeen, was inspected by a member of the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The company was inspected on 4 February on a pre-arranged call. Inspections were made on the tacheographs which confirmed that one employee had several rest infringements.

The company pleaded guilty on five summary charges relating to this offence. The court heard that the company employeed 55 people and were in “no way cowboy operators”, and had no previous convictions for such offences. Judge Sean MacBride fined the company €750 for each of the five offences, plus costs of €605, and he accepted that the company had put their hands up on the offences and had fully co-operated with the authorties.

Elsewhere, a Castleblaybney courier company has been fined after they were pleaded guilty to breaches of driver resting times.

An inspection was carried out at Coogan Courier Ltd, Unit 4, Monaghan Road, Castleblayney by an officer of the RSA.

The inspection found that the company had not correctly carried out accurate recording of employee resting times. It found that a driver had not been taking the correct of amount of rest time on a number of occasions. Judge Sean MacBride fined the owner €1,500 and granted costs for the RSA of a further €605.

He was given six months to pay.