A lorry driver transporting pallet loads of fertiliser has been arrested by members of An Garda Síochána for a number of reasons.

The incident occurred near Ballacolla, Co. Laois, earlier today (Thursday, April 1), according to local Gardaí.

The lorry in question shed its load with fertiliser bags spilling onto road, believed to be near the exit for the M8 motorway.

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Image source: An Garda Síochána Laois Offaly

In a post on social media relating to the arrest of the lorry driver, Gardaí based in the Laois-Offaly region said:

“Laois Roads Policing Unit on patrol today encountered an articulated truck with an unsecured cargo that had shed its load near Ballacolla.

“When the road was cleared further enquiries were made with the driver who gave false details to Gardaí which led to their arrest.

“The driver doesn’t have the qualifying licence or insurance to drive this HGV and was also not using a tachograph.

“The truck had not been taxed in four years and has also been seized. The driver has been charged to appear before Portlaoise District Court,” the Garda post concluded.

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According to the Road Safety Authority (RSA), both your driving licence and Drivers CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) qualification card must be carried by you whenever you are driving your truck or bus professionally.