Truckies were caught by police for speeding and work diary offences this week.
Truckies were caught by police for speeding and work diary offences this week.

POLICE ROUND-UP: Truckie arrested after blowing 0.132

IN CASE you missed what happened on the roads this week, here's a round-up of some of the incidents on Australian roads. 

Drink driver

A TRUCK driver who blew a reading of 0.132 will appear in the Downing Centre Local Court in April on a drive with middle range PCA charge.

Police intercepted a B-double combination, consisting of a prime mover and two fully-laden trailers containing plastic resin, for a roadside breath test as part of Operation Interceptor on Botany Road at Port Botany on March 12.

Police said the 51-year-old driver was arrested and taken to the Mascot Police station after returning a positive reading to a breath test.

Police performed a breath analysis at the station and a reading of 0.132 was returned.

The driver's licence was confiscated and suspended, and he was issued with an immediate licence suspension.

He will appear in court on April 18, 2019.

Speeding truck driver

A TRUCK driver and the company he works for will be fined for speeding after police found a truck capable of speeds up to 127.4km/hr.

Police were conducing heavy vehicle inspections and drug and alcohol testing at the Chinderah RMS heavy vehicle inspection station on at 8am on March 12 when a white Kenworth with Victorian registration was stopped at the site.

The heavy vehicle was loaded with cardboard coming from Logan in Queensland on its way to Botany in Sydney.

Police downloaded the engine module control, which was showed to be non-complaint and calculations showed it could travel speeds up to 127.4km/hr.

The driver was questioned, and police said made admissions that he was aware the vehicle was travelling speeds greater than the speed limit.

The driver and company will receive a penalty notice for use heavy vehicle/contravene speed limiter standard for $661 and no demerit points.

Truckie dies in B-double crash

 A MAN died in a truck crash on the Hume Highway near Denham Court on March 14.

Police said the B-double, which was carrying scrap metal, was travelling north on the highway near Cambelltown Road when the truck left the road and rolled about 8.20pm.

The driver, a 64-year-old man from Wagga Wagga, was ejected from his truck and died at the scene.

ACT man dies after Federal Highway crash

A 56-YEAR-OLD Canberra man died when his semi-trailer carrying a generator overturned on the Federal Highway near Goulburn on March 13.

The crash happened at around 5.20am. 

Truckie fined for speeding and work diary offences

A TRUCK driver was fined more than $5000 after police inspected his truck on the Newell Highway at Narrandera in New South Wales.

The driver was fined for work diary issues and a speed evasion device.

He was issued with fines for use speed evasion device ($1757 and nine points), three counts of not complete work diary before starting work ($661 - total $1983), driver not return records to record keeper ($330) and BFM driver exceed work hours substantial ($661).

His company was also issued with fines for speed limiter compliance notice, defect notice and a permit use of heavy vehicle with non-compliant speed limiter ($648).

Drugged up truckie

A driver who tested positive for methylamphetamine was charged with several offences after a roadside breath test on March 10.

After police searched his vehicle, which was carrying bananas headed for a Sydney market, he was charged with drive with illicit substance present in saliva (second offence) and tamper with speed limiter fitted to heavy vehicle.

He was also issued infringement notices for two counts of use class b or c vehicle displaying misleading number plate ($673 x two and six demerit points) and three counts of heavy vehicle work diary infringements.

The company also received a notice for permitting use of an unregistered class c vehicle.

The speed tampering device was removed and seized by police and the vehicle defected.

4 NEAR MISSES

  • MACQUARIE Pass on the Illawarra Highway was closed in both directions for a number of hours after a truck crash near Tongarra.
  • A driver was rescued and taken to hospital after a crash on the Hume Highway at Berrima
  • A driver escaped harm after a truck fire on the Hume Highway at Jugiong
  • A truck caught on fire at the Hume Highway at Jerrawara
Big Rigs

CLOSURES: Roads, parks and services closed due to fire

CLOSURES: Roads, parks and services closed due to fire

A number of roads are closed across the region due to bushfires

NHVR is calling for funding for programs that improve safety

NHVR is calling for funding for programs that improve safety

Application call for heavy vehicle safety funding

NHVR fighting for real and genuine change for the industry

NHVR fighting for real and genuine change for the industry

Productivity Commission Draft Report backs improved safety outcomes