A South London scaffolding firm boss has had the weight taken off his shoulders after turning to celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman’s road haulage division after being charged with dangerously over loading his wagon.
According to police who intercepted Andrew Swann en route to a private weighbridge, the load on his Mistubishi Canter flatbed van was the equivalent to him carrying an African bull elephant, which would have rendered his vehicle un-drivable.
Despite charging him with three offences – overloading the gross weight of the vehicle, overloading the rear axle and dangerous loading – the officers refused to show him their evidence.
Unladen, the wagon weighs 1.8 tonnes, and, when fully loaded, its weight should not exceed a maximum of 3.5 tonnes. But, according to the read-out from the privately-operated weighbridge, which is located near Hampton Court, it claimed Mr Swann’s wagon weighed a total of 7.2 tonnes, 108 per cent over the maximum!
Had the court found against Mr Swann, who was carrying scaffolding boards and poles, he would have been liable to a fine adding up to more than 1,000 per cent of his weekly income for the first two offences, plus an additional fine of up to £2,500 for the third.
And, if these financial penalties failed to put him out of business, there was every likelihood the Traffic Commissioner would have found that Mr Swann had “lost his repute” and revoked his recently acquired operator’s licence.
Mr Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, said: “This is our road haulage and transport division’s first trial, and I’m delighted with the result.
“If the police were right, Mr Swann’s wagon was overloaded by more than 108 per cent.
“It’s not the largest of wagons, yet the weight they accused him of carrying was the equivalent of him transporting a very large African bull elephant!
“At no stage did the officers show my client any read-out from the weighbridge. Instead, in very crude terms, they told him he was guilty as charged!
“However, in this country, the presumption of innocence hangs by a thread, but yet still remains. What the prosecution failed to factor into their case was the accuracy of the weighbridge.
“When we asked the prosecution to provide evidence of this, they were unable to.
Instead, they offered no evidence, and Mr Swann was acquitted.
“Had Mr Swann been convicted of these allegations, the consequences would have been catastrophic for him and his business.”
Further information about Nick Freeman’s road haulage and transport division can be found on the website, http://www.haulagesolicitors.co.uk/.
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