I`m trying not to pay the fine and make the company pay it.
I only get few informations about the job : address for collection and delivery , client name and phone number and the price that the client paid to the company. I don't get details about the weight of the "cargo" . In 99% cases the van is overloaded. In my opinion they use improper vehicles for the jobs they sent us to do.
Me and my porter are loading / offloading the van. For example I do jobs allover UK and Scotland. Sometimes I have to drive hundreds of miles like it was in this case when I got stopped by VOSA. I had to load from Birmingham and deliver to Ipswich. Multiple trips woulded have been out of the question.
Every customer has to sign an insurance form . The company is insuring the transported goods not me.
The company is using improper vehicles for the jobs we do and they do have like 30 vans or so. Every driver is in the same situation as I am. If I had a choice I woulded loaded the right amount.
I got stopped by VOSA because the Van I was driving had some problems few months back (another driver was driving is back then). They solved the problems by they but they forgot to tell VOSA that they fixed the problems the van had.
The Van I was driving, I found out later that had some problems .It had some modification made on the structure the back of the van had initialy a single axel. When i drove the van had double axe on the back instead of one. The VOSA officer didnt found any new serial number for this modification. The modification wasnt omologated. The VOSA officer said that the company is responsable for the exces loading and it said that the van shouldnt even be on the road.
I want to do something, being new to this country make it difficult for me to take legal actions about this employer.
I can get least 5 persons who got fined by VOSA cuz of overload and had to pay it by them self the fine. We are forced to work this in this manner and take all kind of risks. If we leave the company we don't receive our wages. So its some kind of ... slavery ... here.