Truckies don't think this lobby group's idea is a great one.
Truckies don't think this lobby group's idea is a great one.

Truckies reckon ban idea is bridge too far

DRIVERS have slammed suggestions from a Queensland transport lobby group that wants to "ban truck drivers for life" if they crash their overheight truck into a bridge more than once.

Rail Back on Track's Robert Dow said offenders should "automatically lose their licence for up to six months after a first offence" and if it happens a second time they should then be banned after three bridge strikes in Brisbane.

He said it was "time authorities got serious" but truck drivers thought it wasn't that big of a deal and wanted authorities to focus on other things like catching drugged drivers.

Christopher Blanchard said: "Lose your licence for life if found driving under the influence of methamphetamine, you're not killing anyone by hitting a bridge".

Craig Bolton said he didn't think the loss of licence was the way to go, suggesting bigger fines and suspensions instead.

Others agreed with Mr Dow and said drivers should always be aware of how the heights of their truck.

Nick Stokes said it would need to be independently looked into.

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