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Company issued false ‘idiot tests’

A German company has been accused of running fake “idiot tests” – special examinations drivers accused of driving under the influence have to take before being allowed back behind the wheel.

Company issued false 'idiot tests'
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According to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), authorities have uncovered evidence that the company, based in North Rhine-Westphalia, has been issuing fake Medical Psychological Assessment certificates to applicants who paid fees.

The exams, mainly given in the western towns of Dortmund and Essen, include psychological and medical assessments and hand-eye coordination tests.

Several drivers were able to use the falsified certificates to get their licenses back, but suspicious authorities began investigating and found at least 40 cases of falsification, the WAZ reported.

Approximately 100,000 motorists are ordered by authorities to take Medical Psychological Assessments before being allowed to drive each year, in most cases because they have been caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

But private providers are responsible for running the tests and some have charged that they are open to fraud.

Klaus-Peter Kalendruschat, a manager at TÜV Nord, a company that provides the assessments legally, told the WAZ that consumers should ensure that their assessment centres are fully licensed.

He said he is convinced that because of the high stakes involved, there is a criminal element willing to issue falsified examination certificates.

The Local/mdm

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

READ ALSO: The German rules of the road that are hard to get your head around

In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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