Rosehearty HGV driver disqualified for falsifying records


A Rosehearty HGV driver has been disqualified from professional driving for 12 months after admitting he created false records.

At a driver conduct hearing in June, James Smart said he had engaged in the practice of winding the clock back on a tachograph device to hide his true driving records.

Professional lorry drivers are required by law to take specific breaks and rest periods while driving and working to prevent fatigue. They are also required to keep proper records of their driving and other work using tachograph devices.

Smart admitted to fuelling his vehicle without a tachograph chart in position, knowingly driving without a tachograph and winding the clock back on the tachograph to hide the true nature of his driving.

At a previous hearing before the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland last year, Smart claimed he had not knowingly created false records.

The order for disqualification took effect on June 23, 2015.

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