Animal waste firm faces huge fines over driver errors

Danny Sawrij, managing director of Leo Group
Danny Sawrij, managing director of Leo Group

A man behind businesses worth more than £4 million faces huge fines after admitting to causing drivers employed by him to fail to record worked hours.

Danny Sawrij, of Swales Moor Road, Halifax, pleaded guilty to 134 similar counts regarding the failed recordings, as well as eight further offences of the failure to disclose documents to investigating officials at The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

Kirklees Magistrates Court was told that the 43-year-old neglected tracking responsibilities resulting in the loss of more than 2,000 hours during an investigation period last year which involved 44 vehicles.

The court heard that the offences regarded a business of Sawrij’s, named Alba transport - now in liquidation -which was an animal waste firm forming part of the Leo Group.

Each of the 134 charges could trigger fines up to £2,000 each the court was told, on top of costs of £150,000.

The case was adjourned for sentencing on May 23.