POLICE from Goulburn have stopped a speeding truckie this morning allegedly in possession of a prohibited drug and say the number plate of his vehicle was obscured with tape.
Shortly before 5am today highway patrol officers from Goulburn Local Area Command were conducting traffic enforcement duties on the Hume Highway at Bookham.
The officers, who were utilising radar, allegedly detected a NSW registered truck travelling north at 131kph in breach of the 100kph heavy vehicle special speed limit. The officers stopped the vehicle and spoke to the 42-year-old male driver who produced a Victorian heavy vehicle driver's licence.
During an inspection of the vehicle the officers noticed that the front number plate had been tampered with. Yellow tape had been stuck to the number plate allegedly obscuring the letters and numbers in an attempt to prevent identification of the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle was also conducted and police will allege that they discovered a quantity of a drug believed to be amphetamine. The driver was issued with infringement notices for the offences of exceed heavy vehicle speed limit by more than 20kph and use a Class C vehicle with altered number plate.
He was also issued with a field court attendance notice for the offence of possess prohibited drug and is expected to appear at the Yass Local Court on 3 July.
Superintendent Stuart Smith from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said the driver had been extremely reckless.
"I am shocked and disappointed to think that a driver can act so irresponsibly in any vehicle but to commit these alleged offences in a heavy vehicle is beyond belief. The potential dangers that a truck of this size could cause to the driver and other road users whilst speeding would be catastrophic.
"Officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and RMS heavy vehicle inspectors will continue to conduct enforcement and safety operations around the clock and around the state," Superintendent Smith said.