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Serious deficiencies in bus controls/32 hours non-stop on the road-almost 10,000 euros security deposits due

Darmstadt (ots) –

Officials from the police headquarters in southern Hesse found some serious deficiencies when checking international long-distance travel on Thursday (June 16), between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on the motorways around Darmstadt in coaches. The southern Hesse inspectors were supported by police forces from northern Hesse, south-eastern Hesse and Frankfurt as well as by colleagues from Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. Customs and employees of the Darmstadt regional council were also involved in the control measures.

13 buses and 195 people were examined more closely on the grounds of the police motorway station. Seven buses were objected to by the police. At the time of the inspection at 2:00 p.m., two drivers of a coach from Eastern Europe had been on the road non-stop for 32 hours. They set off early on Wednesday morning at around 6 a.m. (15 June), took their record sheets out of the tachograph on the way and issued their own holiday and hotel receipts. The police prohibited further travel. A security deposit of 4350 euros was due. 90 kilograms of meat and cheese were also discovered in the bus, which should not have been imported into Germany. The non-industrially packaged and non-refrigerated food was seized. A complaint was made under the Animal Diseases Act.

Serious technical defects were found on the doors of another Eastern European coach. The door closing pressure was clearly too high. This could have resulted in significant personal injury. Here, too, the law enforcement officers prohibited the further journey. To secure the procedure, more than 700 euros were collected on the spot.

A bus driver and his passengers were also not allowed to continue driving with a bus that, in addition to worn tyres, had a faulty brake and damage to the front axle. The inspectors raised a security deposit of 1100 euros.

A total of almost 10,000 euros in security was due as part of the control. Five criminal proceedings, including for driving without a license and falsification of data relevant to evidence, as well as 12 fine proceedings were initiated. A 31-year-old woman who was wanted on an arrest warrant was also sitting in a bus. After paying the outstanding fine of 600 euros, she was then able to continue her journey.

Original content from: Police Headquarters South Hesse, transmitted by news aktuell

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