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Heavy fines handed out for overloading vehicles

Solihull Council has successfully prosecuted two traders for overloading their vehicles.

A vehicle being driven on behalf of Cambridge-based company 51 Parcels Ltd was stopped in July 2019 by the Council’s trading standards team at a multi-agency vehicle exercise at the NEC. Officers noticed it was heavily loaded and driving dangerously. When they pulled the vehicle over and checked it out, the vehicle was overloaded by 660kg (18.9%) – the equivalent to a 1964 Mini Cooper!

The company pleaded guilty at a prior hearing and yesterday (Monday 17 February) at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court it was fined £1,189 plus £200 costs and a £100 victim surcharge – totalling £1,489.

The second prosecution was against Akbar Ayub and MSA Group UK Ltd, who was caught at the same multi-agency exercise driving a vehicle that was 8% overloaded. This was the second time the same vehicle had been caught overloaded therefore both Mr Ayub and the company which employed him, MSA Group UK Ltd, were both penalised.

Both parties pleaded guilty and at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday Mr Ayub was fined £156 plus £100 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge – totalling £288. The company he worked for was fined £1,000 plus £200 in costs and a £100 victim surcharge – totalling £1,400.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council, said: “Overloading vehicles is highly dangerous to other road users. We hope that these results send a strong message that we will not tolerate this practice in the borough and will seek to prosecute offenders where we can.”

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