Limerick truck drivers lose jobs for not taking required rest periods

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

LIMERICK-based Shannon Transport was fined €2,000 after it was convicted of breaching EU regulations.

LIMERICK-based Shannon Transport was fined €2,000 after it was convicted of breaching EU regulations.

The logistics company, which is based at the Annacotty Business Park, admitted to a number of breaches of EU legislation governing driver working hours and rest periods and regulations around tachographs.

Darragh Brogan, a transport officer working with the Road Safety Authority, gave evidence before Judge Eamon O’Brien of having inspected driver records at Shannon Transport in November and December of 2010.

He outlined a number of cases where drivers, many of them on long-distance shifts between Ireland and the UK, had worked without taking the required rest periods.

Two had driven for over six hours without any evidence of having taken a break, the court heard. Both drivers have since lost their employment.

The relevant EU directive sets out that drivers should take a break of at least 45 minutes for every four and a half hours on the road.

Judge O’Brien fined the company €2,000 with six months to pay.

Shannon Transport was also ordered to pay the RSA’s legal costs of €250.