No placards, no valid CDL: New Hampshire man pleads guilty

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, July 07, 2016

A New Hampshire man has been charged with and pleaded guilty to charges of operating a commercial vehicle without a valid CDL. He also admitted to transporting hazardous materials without the required placards, according to federal court documents.

From September 2013 to April 2014, Lewis Scott 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 was 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, Niles pleaded guilty to all four counts of “Transporting Hazardous Material In Violation of Regulations.” Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8.

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