Derry coach operator fined £500

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A Derry based coach operator was fined £500 for tachograph offences at Omagh Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Mr Jeremy Ayton, T/A Ayton Coaches, Woodside Heights, Derry was convicted and fined £500 for failing to take reasonable steps to organise his driver’s work to comply with EU Drivers Hours Rules.

A tachograph provides a record of engine speed over a period, especially in a commercial road vehicle.

Mr Joseph Hethrington of Mondooey, Manorcunningham, Co. Donegal was also fined a total of £500 on four related charges.

On April 24, 2015 at Bridge Street, Omagh, DVA Enforcement Officers stopped a coach driven by Mr. Hethrington and requested the production of his tachograph records for examination.

An analysis of these records indicated that Mr. Hethrington had failed to use his digital tachograph card, failed to keep a record of his driver’s hours of duty and failed to take a statutory daily rest period. An inspection of the vehicle also revealed that the tachograph recording equipment was faulty.