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UK road crash that killed 8 Indians prompts calls to block legal loophole

Press Trust of India  |  London 

One of the UK's worst road accidents that killed eight Indians last year has prompted calls from a road charity today to block a legal loophole which keeps employers in the dark about dangerous drivers.

Brake called on the government to urgently address the issue of transport companies not being automatically told about a whose driving licence has been revoked.

Two truck drivers, and David Wagstaff, were jailed last month for causing the deaths of Nottingham-based and seven of his passengers - all Indians - in August 2017.

The 52-year-old had been hired to drive his passengers from to to join a European holiday tour group when they met with the fatal accident.

In court it emerged that Masierak's licence had been revoked in July 2017 but his employer, AIM Logistics, had not been informed.

"This crash has had a truly devastating impact and laid bare the loophole in which employers are not automatically informed if their drivers lose their licence," Brake said in a statement.

"It is only right that we learn from such tragedies and prevent other families from suffering a similar fate, and so we call on the government to urgently look into this matter," it said.

said Masierak's licence had been checked as part of its regular procedures in June 2017.

However, it said neither the employee nor the UK's and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) informed the firm that the licence was revoked on July 20 more than a month before the crash.

Before his next company-scheduled check, he went on to stop on the inside lane of the while twice the drink-drive limit, which resulted in the crash involving the minibus and a second truck, being driven by Wagstaff.

The said the current rule relied upon the "honesty of the driver".

manager said: "It does seem to be a loophole that could allow drivers to avoid losing their driving job after a ban because they don't tell their boss, at least until an organisation does its regular online licence check".

The said the additional regulation would be unnecessary and burdensome on small businesses and said employers should encourage its staff to notify them of any change in their driving status.

A said: "This is a tragic case and our sympathies are with the friends and families of the eight victims involved".

Masierak was jailed for 14 years for causing death by dangerous driving, while Wagstaff was sentenced to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.

at described the crash as the most serious in the UK for more than 26 years, for which the Masierak had shown "no remorse".

"The catastrophic and tragic collision was caused by both the individuals. We lost a great father, loving husband and a very good friend," a family for Cyriac Joseph's family said outside the courtroom.

The other victims in Joseph's minibus were from Nottingham's Malayali community and their relatives.

The entire group was on its way to to catch a bus to when their vehicle crashed with the trucks near Newport Pagnell in

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 19:45 IST