Fined over £40,000 for drivers’ hours offences

Following a VOSA investigation, Ian John Trussler, a partner and transport manager; and Kenneth Trussler, a partner of Goldline Taxis and Coaches both received suspended prison sentences for admitting to falsifying tachograph and drivers’ hours records going back as far as 2008, at Ipswich Crown Court on 20 June 2013.

Ian Trussler, received a 3-month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years and was ordered to pay £25,500 costs.  Kenneth Trussler, received a 6-week prison sentence suspended for 2 years and was ordered to pay £18,200 costs.

Goldline Taxis and Coaches driver Kerr-Roe also pleaded guilty to false driving records and was fined £1,500 with £1,000 costs.

In previous hearings, three other drivers were charged with driving offences with fines ranging from £240 to £2,000 and with two of them also receiving driving bans for 6 and 12 months.

Alex Fiddes, VOSA’s Operations Director said “This ruling sends out a clear message to other operators and drivers. There should be no doubt that if you choose to operate illegally there will be serious consequences. VOSA’s investigators will work diligently and resolutely in order to ensure that people who put other road users at risk are brought to justice.”

Posted on: 10.07.2013

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