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During roadside checks on the A3 motorway near Cologne earlier this week, a lorry driver was pulled over for using his mobile while driving. However, as the checks went on, a much more serious offence was found.

The 30-year-old lorry driver was stopped by German road police on Monday using his hands to operate his mobile phone while driving. As part of the usual routine, the police officers checked the latest tachograph prints of the vehicle and found that the driver had started his journey 20 hours before the inspection.

Further investigations revealed that the truck driver had driven from Germany to Austria on Sunday night. There he had picked up his cargo and then set out again for Wesel, Germany. He didn’t take any break during the journey, reports the police.

The police officers then banned the driver from continuing his journey. He now must attend court due to his violation of drivers’ hours rules. His employers are also due in court.

As the trucker wasn’t allowed to continue his journey, a replacement driver had to take up his task and drive the truck for the last few kilometres of the planned trip.

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