Heavy mobile crane operator, Baldwins Crane Hire is to be stripped of heavy goods vehicle licences held at its two main UK depots after drivers were found to have been falsifying records to make it appear they had taken rest breaks.

In statements heard at a public inquiry on 20 and 21 July in Leeds, it was claimed the company and its directors had “instructed” drivers to do so. Four directors will now be disqualified from holding a goods vehicle operator’s licence in any traffic area as a result when the ruling takes effect on 11 September, although the length of the bans given to each individual varies.

The ban affects licences held at depots in Leeds and Langley, near Slough, where Baldwins operates a fleet of commercial vehicles and HGVs to support the operations of heavy cranes, for example, to carry ballast.

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