Haulage Bosses Guilty of Manslaughter After 'dozing-driver' Death
Two haulage-company bosses have been found guilty of manslaughter after a
lorry driver died when he fell asleep at the wheel. They were convicted
at St Albans Crown Court just days after TrackCompare called on fleet
operators to install telematics to prevent drivers falling asleep.
Colchester, UK, June 13, 2013 -- The owners of a Northamptonshire haulage
company have been convicted of manslaughter after a lorry driver died
when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
The news comes just days after TrackCompare appealed to UK companies to
install telematics to help prevent drivers from falling asleep.
Father and son, Adrian John McMurray and Adrian Paul McMurray, owners of
AJ Haulage of Daventry, were also convicted of tax and National Insurance
evasion, along with their co-defendant Heather Parkinson.
The lorry driver, Stephen Kenyon, died when his vehicle careered into
stationary traffic on the M1 in 2010.
The jury at St Albans Crown Court heard that before the accident he had
been driving for more than 13 hours and was said by friends and family to
have been constantly tired. He had used two charts to avoid tachograph
All three defendants are due to be sentenced on 28 June. They were
released on bail.
Last month, after research showed as many as one in 10 drivers had fallen
asleep at the wheel over the previous 12 months, TrackCompare urged
companies to install telematics and drew attention to the latest in-
vehicle telematics systems which sense when a driver is drowsy and
trigger an alarm.
Kjell Anderton, director of TrackCompare, said: “These systems, which
should be regarded as the very last line of defence, could be life savers
– which, I’m sure, is the reason so many fleet operators have begun
asking us about them. We’ve had numerous approaches over the past month
or so and expect numbers to increase considerably over coming months.
“Of course, drivers should always ensure they remain fresh and alert
behind the wheel and take regular breaks.”
One system, DSS-IVS, by Seeing Machines, uses a small console-mounted
camera which tracks the driver’s eye behaviour, and detects drowsiness
and ‘micro sleeps’ the ‘instant’ they occur.
Audio and seat vibration alarms then alert the driver.
According to Seeing Machines, its DSS system works equally well at night
as during the day, and whether or not a driver is wearing glasses.
Launched in 2009, TrackCompare.co.uk has grown quickly to become the UK’s
leading vehicle tracking website, representing more than 50 tracking and
telematics companies across a wide range of technologies.
The company’s online service is backed by a team of experienced fleet
consultants, who help more than 2,000 new fleets every month.
For further information contact Kjell Anderton, TrackCompare.co.uk,
Weston Centre, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex, C02 8JX. Tel 0800 096
Weston Centre, Hawkins Road
Colchester, Essex, C02 8JX
0800 096 0400