Welsh haulage company put 'public and employees at risk' by forging maintenance records

A Welsh haulage company has been fined for forging lorry maintenance records. Mansel Davies and Son Limited, a Pembrokeshire-based company, received the fine after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to 19 offences of forgery and counterfeiting maintenance records between October and December 2017. In January 2018 one of the company’s vehicles was travelling along the A40 when it was discovered a suspension component on the off-side rear, a shock absorber, was broken.

This was a longstanding issue that had gone undetected due to the forging of the maintenance records. The ABS and emissions lamps were also both on. Now the firm has been landed with a GBP380,000 fine at Swansea Crown Court and told to pay GBP120,000 in costs.

The company plead guilty to 19 offences of forgery and counterfeiting

Administrative assistant, Jonathan Phillips, 28, of Mynachlog-ddu, was  given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years and has been ordered to pay GBP1,500 costs after pleading guilty to forging maintenance records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The DVSA found the company was forging its lorry maintenance records to suggest it was carrying out its regular full vehicle examinations to meet the requirements of its operator licence.

A handwriting expert identified that one person within the company was writing the false records.

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DVSA’s Head of National Enforcement Caroline Hicks said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

“This large company forged safety documents to deliberately avoid regular maintenance checks on their vehicles, this put the public and their employees at risk.

“We always pursue operators and push for the toughest penalties where there’s evidence they are cutting corners at the expense of road safety.” 

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