Ignorance as an excuse especially when the points are going on your license, not the bosses. You make a great point and probably close to the truth in many cases but the stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me. I've done some stupid sh#t in my young life but also walked away from a couple of bosses who told me to just get on with it. In one case I did apologize to the gaffer as I found out he was right in that it was a legal way but just wasn't comfortable doing it.It would be interesting to know if these drivers were the farmers or just staff sent out with no equipment to do the job properly?
I can't see many 18 year olds telling the boss they're not going to cart bales unless they have all the straps and everything's road legal.
With no training or tests required how would a newbie even know what was right, especially if the boss told them they didn't need to bother and hurry up the job needs doing now.