A truck driver has been fined for lying in his work diary.
A truck driver has been fined for lying in his work diary. Kirstin Payne

Truckie cops big fine for lying about sleep schedule

A TRUCK driver has received a hefty fine for falsifying his work diary to say he was asleep while he was actually driving.

The Sunshine Coast Daily reported Bradley Joseph Curtis was caught on January 22 when police pulled him over on the Bruce Highway, Labrador, to check his licence and fatigue management documents as he was driving a fatigue regulated heavy vehicle.

Police cross-referenced Curtis' work diary logs with Department of Transport and Main Roads cameras and found he had been driving twice, 11 minutes apart on January 7, when he claimed to be sleeping.

Curtis pleaded guilty to giving false or misleading documents and Magistrate Graham Hillan noted Curtis had a "significant" traffic offence history for a professional driver.

Mr Hillan fined Curtis $1500 with convictions recorded.

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