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Haulier licences revoked over fuel

Licences for three goods transport companies in Northern Ireland have been cancelled following the use of laundered or rebated fuel.

Permits for Padraig Daly, who traded as PD Refrigerated in Dungannon, in Co Tyrone; Kevin Johnston of Johnston Tipper Services in Ballyronan, in Co Derry; and Wadsworth Bethel ,of Banbridge in Co Down, were revoked.

A DoE spokesman said: " It was decided that such behaviour was not in keeping with the requirement of the law that goods vehicle operators must be of good repute; and given the gravity of such behaviour and its impact on road safety and fair competition in the freight industry, it was fair and proper to revoke the licence to operate in each individual case."

The owners of the haulage companies were disqualified from holding an operators' licence for between three and five years.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: "The majority of goods vehicle operators work within the law.

"These decisions reinforce the clear message to any operator, tempted to indulge in wrong practices, including the illegal use of fuel, to think again."

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