Habitual offender slapped with another fine

A long-distance truck driver has again been caught making a false work diary entry – for the fifth time

October 24, 2012

A long-distance truck driver has again been caught making a false work diary entry – for the fifth time.

Michael Charles Foley, 63, of Semaphore South in South Australia, was found guilty for breaching work diary entry requirements and fined $2,899.
He had been fined $1,000 on three previous occasions for the same offence.

"To have someone show such a blatant disregard for safety with not one or two, but five convictions for the same offence is what taints the industry," Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) Safety and Regulation Director Trent Rusby says.

"The majority of operators do the right thing and it’s an unfortunate few that mark the industry generally, showing a complete disregard for the safety of all road users."

Foley was caught when diary entries he made contradicted footage detected by the Safe-T-Cam network cameras on the Stuart Highway.

A check of his diary found he recorded driving at a location about 35 minutes north-east of where camera detected him.

He further wrote that he rested in his vehicle from 3am to 3.30am at Yunta before driving to Wingfield in Adelaide and arriving there at 7am. The DPTI says Yunta is about 300km north-east of Wingfield.

"This is about an individual repeatedly trying to get around a system that is designed to protect all road users. The Safe-T-Cam network, and the regulations associated with it, monitors fatigue for the drivers of heavy vehicles to prevent trauma on our roads," Rusby says.

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