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Driver gets suspended prison sentence for falsifying records

Arkadiusz Jerzy Baranowski of Tuffnells Parcels Express Ltd in Cullompton, Devon was given a suspended eight-month prison sentence and ordered to pay £2,000 in costs after he admitted 15 offences of falsifying driver records of hours kept and one of failing to keep a proper record.

Two other drivers who pleaded guilty at a hearing held on November 21 2016.

The case followed an investigation by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which had received information that drivers were breaching drivers’ regulations.

DVSA head of counter fraud and investigations, Andy Rice said: “DVSA's enforcement work is vital in protecting the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles and will continue to be a core activity for us in the future. 

“These sentences send a clear message that DVSA will pursue and prosecute any drivers and operators who fail to comply with the rules governing driver records of hours kept.” 

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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