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Suspended prison sentences for drivers convicted of tachograph fraud

Four drivers pleaded guilty and were convicted at Newry Crown Court in Northern Ireland for offences connected to fraud and forgery of tachograph records. Prison sentences from 5 to 11 months, suspended for two years were handed out to the drivers concerned.

This follows a joint investigation by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland into the operation of vehicles owned by M&S Freight Forwarding Limited, Keady, over a period of five months.

The charges were brought under Section 1 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. Each driver was charged with one offence of Fraud and Forgery. The offences covered a total of 68 records concealing a total of 6,380 miles.

Tachograph fraud is serious issue that often goes beyond fines and points. Prosecutions brought under the Fraud Act 2006 will result in longer jail sentences and far bigger fines, with the judiciary also able to pursue revenues under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Bringing fraudulent operators to court is in the interests of both road safety and fair play.

Managing your tachograph data with compliance management solutions such as Smartanalysis cost around 25p per driver per day and can save you time, money and big headaches.

Posted on: 16.10.2014

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