False Maintenance Records Lead To £500,000 Fine

A PEMBROKESHIRE haulage company has been landed with a £380,000 fine with £120,000 costs for forging lorry maintenance records.

Mansel Davies and Son Ltd received the fine at Swansea Crown Court after pleading guilty to 19 offences of forgery and counterfeiting maintenance records from October to December 2017 at an earlier hearing.
Jonathan Phillips, 28, who was an administrative assistant at the company, was also given a nine month prison sentence suspended for two years and has been ordered to pay £1,500 costs after pleading guilty to forging maintenance records.
The sentencing follows an investigation by the DVSA who 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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