Speeding truck drivers cop police wrath

Two truck drivers caught exceeding speed limit by more than 20km/h in separate incidents on the same stretch of road

June 18, 2012

NSW authorities are continuing to come down hard on speeding truck drivers, this time handing out fines and defecting two vehicles each caught travelling more than 20km/h over the speed limit.

The drivers were both caught in separate incidents in the early hours of June 15 in the state’s southern highlands.

Police officers stationed on the Hume Highway near Gunning detected a B-double travelling at 124km/h at 1.10am. The 30-year-old driver was hit with a $463 infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h.

Police also issued a defect notice for the truck’s speed limiter to be inspected within seven days.

About 25 minutes later police noticed another B-double travelling at a high speed along the same stretch of road. Officers clocked the truck travelling at 129km/h, prompting them to hand out a $463 fine to the 47-year-old truckie.

The truck was also defected and is required to have its speed limiter inspected within one week.

Police Superintendent Stuart Smith has suggested commercial pressures are to blame for a recent spate of speeding incidents.

"Despite a number of recent police operations targeting speeding trucks, there are obviously some truck operators that continue to advocate speeding in order to gain some sort of commercial advantage," he says.

"The reality is that when a company’s truck is caught speeding, not only will the driver be fined and the vehicle defected, the company’s entire fleet will be inspected."

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