Haulier fined €14,500 for multiple tachograph breaches
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A Polish haulier has been handed 5 fines totalling €14,500 for 3 breaches of drivers' hours violations as well as issues with the height of one of its trailers.
The violations were discovered by BAG officers working with Bayreuth traffic police on Wednesday evening.
Officers spotted a Polish tractor-trailer driving on the A9 towards Berlin that looked like it was taller than permitted. During the subsequent inspection in the Sophienberg rest area, the truck’s 30-year-old Ukrainian driver and his 40-year-old Russian colleague were found guilty of breaking drivers' hours rules. Both truckers had failed to insert their cards into their tachographs several times.
The truck was was also banned from continuing its journey as its trailer was 22 centimeters taller than permitted and the issues could not be remedied on site.
To make matters worse, when the haulage firms 3rd driver showed up in his truck with lower profile tyres, officers learned that its 55-year-old Ukrainian driver had not used his tachograph card in weeks – driving as much as 3,300km without one.
As a result of the offences above, the Polish road transport company will have to fork out fines amounting to €14,500.
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