Haulier fined after driver was found with an invalid driving licence

Posted by AndrewT on 28th Aug 2013

Haulage firm LMK International Transport was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs in Belfast Magistrates’ Court following the discovery that one of its HGVs was operating without a goods vehicle certificate and the driver did not possess a valid driving licence.

Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) enforcement officers in Belfast stopped one of the firm’s HGVs in August 2012.  On examining the vehicle they found that it did not have a goods vehicle certificate.  Enforcement officers also performed checks on the driver and found that he did not hold a valid driving licence.  Driving without a legal licence invalidates insurance on the vehicle, putting the company at further risk in the event of an accident.

LMK was fined a total of £400 and ordered to pay court costs of £56 for the offences of permitting a motor vehicle to be driven by an unlicensed driver, using a vehicle without valid insurance and using a vehicle without a goods vehicle certificate.