New Hampshire man fined $2,500 for illegally transporting hazardous material

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, March 01, 2017

More than seven months after pleading guilty, a New Hampshire trucker has been sentenced for operating a commercial vehicle without a valid CDL and transporting hazardous materials without the required placards.

Lewis Scott Niles was fined $2,500 for illegally transporting hazardous material. After pleading guilty last June, Niles’ original sentencing date was scheduled for Aug. 8, 2016. After several motions to continue the sentencing hearing, the date was moved to Jan. 19. However, Niles failed to show up to court.

On Feb. 17, Niles was arrested and sentenced four days later. In addition to the $2,500 fine plus fees, he was sentenced to prison time already served.

From September 2013 to April 2014, Niles operated a business in Lancaster, N.H., that sold and transported hazardous material for fuel and heating furnaces to individuals and businesses in New Hampshire and Maine. 

On Feb. 11, 2014, Niles transported diesel fuel and fuel oil in a container and vehicle that were not marked with the required hazard materials placards. Approximately 250 gallons of diesel and fuel oil were sold to an individual.

A few days later, Niles sold and delivered approximately 1,500 gallons of a flammable liquid in six “bulk packaging” containers, according to court documents. Again, neither the container nor the vehicles possessed the required placards.

Court documents reveal two other similar situations, with one count for each documented account of illegally transporting hazardous materials. On June 20, 2016, Niles pleaded guilty to all four counts of “Transporting Hazardous Material in Violation of Regulations.”

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