§ Mr. Thorne
asked the Minister of Transport whether he can give any information in connection with the charges made against the Sutton Company, haulage 66W contractors, of Radium Street, Manchester, who were summoned on Monday, 31st May, for a breach of their licence by allowing drivers to work longer hours than the prescribed hours; and, in particular, what was the charge against their 28 drivers?
§ Mr. Burgin
I understand that this company was recently convicted on 44 charges of permitting their drivers to drive for continuous periods exceeding 5½ hours. The aggregate fines totalled £44. Twenty-four drivers were each charged with driving for a continuous period exceeding 5½ hours, and four drivers were each charged with failing to keep a current record. Each driver was fined 5s.