B&Q lorry driver banned from driving after crashing into Harlow home

A driver who crashed his B&Q lorry into a house in Harlow has been banned from driving for six months. During the early hours of December 17 last year, David Hill woke to an almighty “thud” inside his home. As he ran downstairs, he found that a huge articulated B&Q lorry had smashed through the side of his house into his lounge.

Navarain Singh had been driving the lorry along Elizabeth Way in Harlow, Essex at around 3.20am when he hit the house in Canons Gate.

The lorry hit the side of the house

The wall of the house where the lorry hit was next to where David’s children would usually be sleeping. The incident left David and his wife Hannah without a home for Christmas. Singh, 40-years-old from the West Midlands, was arrested at the scene.

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Essex Police confirmed today (November 5) that an investigation into the incident found that Singh had exceeded the maximum amount of hours which lorry drivers are allowed to drive in a single period of time.

He had also failed to correctly fill in a record sheet showing how many hours a driver has driven. He was charged and admitted one count of careless driving and 15 counts of failing to use the recording sheet.

B&Q lorry driver banned from driving after crashing into Harlow homeDavid’s daughters bedroom is completely crushed, where thankfully they weren’t sleeping that night

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on October 31 where he was given nine points on his licence. Singh, who already had three points on his licence, was suspended from driving for six months.

He was fined GBP1,070, told to pay GBP100 costs and a GBP37 victim surcharge. Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s Head of Roads Policing, said: “This collision could very easily have ended in tragedy – either to Navnarain Singh himself or someone inside the building he hit.

B&Q lorry driver banned from driving after crashing into Harlow homeThankfully no one was harmed because the front bedroom was empty

“There are strict regulations which set out how many hours lorry drivers can drive over a set period of time and it is clear from our investigation that Singh had completely ignored these in the fortnight before the collision. “It’s so important these regulations are adhered to because they’re there to keep people safe.

“I hope this acts as a reminder to all drivers about the need to stick to the rules of the road.”

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