South Australia slams those driving on closed roads

Department warns trucks and private vehicles risk damage and loss of insurance cover

July 13, 2012

A frustrated South Australian Transport Department has taken private motorists and
truck drivers to task over travelling on roads closed following floods and heavy rain.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) North Western Region Manager Alan Morris says he has received reports that a number of vehicles, including trucks, are still travelling on some of those roads despite it being clear that the roads are closed.

"Motorists are also running the risk of damage to their vehicles and their health by doing this – ignoring road closed signs can result in significant and costly damage," Morris says.

"It is worth noting that some insurance claims are deemed void if damage results from an illegal practice, such as travelling along a closed road.

"And vehicles travelling on closed roads can also significantly damage the road itself."

This was the case particularly with the Strzlecki track and the Cordillo Downs Road.

Further rain is predicted in the north-east pastoral district.

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