A Launceston haulage company has had its licence revoked following a crash which took the lives of two charity cyclists.
Frys Logistics company director, Mark Fry, 32, was banned from holding an operator’s licence for ten years at a Department of Transport hearing held in Bristol on Monday.
Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell said that Mr Fry showed a “reprehensible approach to road safety”, and that Frys Logistics breached the Drivers’ Hours Rules consistently.
Solicitor for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Felicity Hine, told the hearing: “It would appear that the importance of profit for the company supersedes issues of compliance and road safety.”
Andrew McMenigall, 47, and Toby Wallace, 36, were cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in July 2013 along the A30 near Summercourt when they were hit by a lorry owned by Frys Logistics. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
The lorry driver Robert Palmer,32, of Bude was jailed for eight-and-a-half years in 2014 after pleading guilty to two charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
In a written judgement Ms Bell added: “Mr Fry was knowingly sending his driver out to drive when he had not had sufficient rest.”
Mr Fry was not present at the hearing but said his company would be appealing against the ruling.