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CHARGES LAID: A truck driver will appear in court for a range of driving charges.
CHARGES LAID: A truck driver will appear in court for a range of driving charges. Contribted

UPDATE: The driver in question has contacted Big Rigs to say he will be fighting those charges. 

IN THE wake of another truckie's dangerous behaviour on our roads, New South Wales Police Chief Inspector Phil Brooks has hammered home the benefits of dashcams.

"I encourage anyone that captures dashcam footage to take that footage to police and provide a statement so we can prosecute the offending driver," he said.

Insp Brooks' comments came after police said they will be charging a truck driver with speeding, driving while privileges removed and driving a heavy vehicle while fatigued.

The 35-year-old Queensland driver, who will attend court in coming weeks, was intercepted by police on the Hume Highway by the Camden Highway Patrol on Picton Rd, Wilton, after another road user alerted police to his dangerous behaviour.

The driver was unable to produce a log book, but did have supplementary records of his trip activity.

The heavy vehicle was escorted by police to an RMS inspection station at Uanderra, where inspectors discovered a speed sensor cable was removed from the lower portion of the gearbox and pulse well.

The defect was rectified at the inspection station so a defect notice was not issued.

The driver produced a Queensland class MC licence, however a check of RMS records confirmed his driving privileges were removed in New South Wales on May 25, 2017.

The driver denied knowledge, however RMs records confirmed he had been previously advised.

The driver was notified of his licence status and was unable to continue driving.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regular launched a new reporting line that allows truck drivers and operators to confidentially report safety breaches.

The hotline will receive and assess truck safety concerns to determine what action is required.

Australian Trucking Association chair Geoff Crouch said the reporting line was welcome news for the industry.

"Many employees and operators, if pressed to act illegally, are worried about losing their contract so they are afraid to report breaches," he said.

Information and breaches that can be reported include an incident or situation that affects the safety of a heavy vehicle or its operation; a procedure, practice or condition that endangers the safety of a heavy vehicle driver, their passengers, other road users or the community and a procedure, practice or condition that leads to non-compliance with the HVNL.

The Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting line is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and operated by Crime Stoppers Queensland.

Calls to the reporting line are free from any landline in Australia and some mobile providers.

To report a safety breach, phone the reporting line on 1800 931 785.

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