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Italian truck driver fined and has truck confiscated

  • 23 July 2012
  • By Roger Brown

An Italian truck driver has been fined £1,000 and had his vehicle worth £46,000 confiscated for falsifying tachograph records.

Carlisle Magistrates Court was told how on 30 June a Volvo FH12 artic – owned and operated by Autuori Trasporti based in south-west Italy – was stopped by a Vosa officer in the Penrith area.

The officer suspected that the vehicle was fitted with a device which interfered with the correct function of the tachograph. 
It was prevented from going back on the road for 24 hours and parked up at Penrith Truckstop.

On 1 July, the driver Riccardo Poliandri, 39, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to make a false tachograph record.

The vehicle was seized and Cumbria police discovered that a manipulation had occurred in the recording equipment that allowed the driver to record rest while driving.

Poliandri pleaded guilty to four offences, including one of falsifying a tachograph record, and was fined £250 for each offence with £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge. 

The prosecution made an application for a confiscation order on the FH12 Poliandri had been driving, and the order was granted by District Judge Chalk.


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