Hauliers jailed for manslaughter after driver fell asleep at the wheel

On 28 June 2013, two former partners of AJ Haulage were sentenced to a combined period of 6.5 years for manslaughter offences after one of their drivers fell asleep at the wheel and died when his lorry collided with stationary traffic in February 2010.

The driver, Stephen Kenyon’s, tachograph records showed that he had worked for 19 hours and 15 minutes on the day that he died. In that time he had been driving for 13 hours and 8 minutes and had covered 592 miles.

The case against the defendants was that management at AJ Haulage ‘tolerated if not encouraged’ their employees to work over and above the hours set out by EU law. The defendants permitted Mr Kenyon to continue driving illegally and as a result were found to have exposed Mr Kenyon to the risk of death because of their gross negligence.

Continue reading