Transport company closed down following fatal Birmingham collision

A West Midlands transport company has been shut down after a woman was struck by a lorry.

S&J Transport bosses plead guilty to serious health and safety breaches last year. It was after one of their drivers was allowed to have obstructions in his windows.

Dr Suzanna ‘Suzie’ Bull was killed when she was struck by the lorry in Birmingham.

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Suzie Bull

Robert Bradbury, 51, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He was also handed a two year and 10 month driving ban.

A public inquiry was opened by the Traffic Commissioner, following the sentence.

This was despite S & J Transport, the company he worked for, pleading guilty to the offence of failing to discharge their duty contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act and being fined £112,500 and ordered to pay £3,000 in court costs. 

On Wednesday (2 September), they were officially closed down.

Company directors have been disqualified for five years. It is after they were found to have deliberately misled the Traffic Commissioner at the hearing.

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Obstructions were allowed inside the windows of the lorry

The company’s barrister admitted his clients lied. They allowed tables on the dashboard and fans and toys. 

The dashboard tables used by Bradbury and a number of other drivers across the UK are designed to only be used when the vehicle is stationary.
 
The Coleshill based firm will now be permanently closed down from Thursday, October 1.
 
PC Mark Crozier, said:

“Truthfully, I am pleased with the outcome following this public inquiry as it further holds the company to account for the tragic loss of an innocent life.

“Suzie Bull was a doctor at the city’s hospital and her family were very vocal about the need for all those involved to take responsibility for their actions that resulted in the 32-year-old being killed.

“The doctor was wearing bright pink high-visibility clothing in a dedicated cycle lane and should have been in full view in Bradbury’s mirror for five seconds as she cycled ahead of him, but the lorry still collided with her and caused catastrophic injuries. I believe it could have been avoided if the driver didn’t have a dashboard filled with clutter.

“I hope this sends a serious message to all road hauliers and drivers.”

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Last year, Suzie’s family said:

“It devastates us to know that her death was avoidable.”

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