Demolition company rapped after wheels fall off lorry

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AN Edinburgh demolition company has been suspended from operating vehicles after one of its lorries was left “perched” on a flyover above the A90 when two rear wheels fell off.

A deputy traffic commissioner has ruled that Chamic Demolition Services’ conduct had been “seriously remiss”.

An inspection later found that all ten of the wheels’ nuts were missing.

The suspension order will only be lifted when the company appoints a new transport manager.

Deputy traffic commissioner James Astle said the incident on August 1, 2012 had put the public at risk, and it was “but a matter of good fortune” that no-one was seriously injured or killed.

The decision follows a public inquiry in Edinburgh into the wheel-loss incident, which occurred as the HGV driver was heading from his home in Dunfermline to the Avondale landfill site off the M9.

Mr Astle said the company was unable to produce evidence to prove the vehicle had been given routine safety inspections, as required.