Speeding truckie cops $463 fine, four demerits

Truck driver clocked travelling at 30km/h cops hefty fine and four demerit points, while authorities seize the vehicle

June 4, 2012

NSW Police has seized a truck and dished out a hefty fine to its driver after he was busted travelling 30km/h over the speed limit in the state’s Southern Highlands.

The 41-year-old truckie was flying along the Hume Highway at Mittagong last week when police detected him travelling 130km/h.

Officers pulled the driver over and issued a $463 infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h. The driver also lost four demerit points.

"Police issued a defect notice for the truck’s speed limiter to be inspected within seven days. Further action could be taken by police depending on the outcome of those checks," a statement from NSW Police says.

Superintendent Stuart Smith says it is concerning a small minority of the trucking industry continues to flout road laws in the wake of publicised actions against well-known trucking companies earlier this year.

Smith says speed is a major contributing factor in 40 percent of all fatal crashes.

"Because of their size and weight, any crash involving a speeding truck is likely to have a tragic outcome. There were 75 fatalities involving heavy vehicles last year alone," he says.

Smith says police will continue to work with the Roads and Maritime Services to target operators and drivers tampering with speed limiters.

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