Speeding truckie taken off the road for six months

Truckie caught going 123km/h in a 60km/h zone has been banned from driving for six months

January 17, 2013

A truck driver in New South Wales will spend half of 2013 off the road after he was allegedly caught exceeding the speed limit by 63km/h.

NSW Police says officers busted the 45-year-old man travelling 123km/h in a 60km/h zone on a section of the New England Highway north of Tamworth yesterday.

Officers detected the speeding driver on a section of road with a 60km/h speed limit for trucks and buses. They suspended the driver’s licence for six months, issued a $3,267 fine and grounded the truck to allow the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to inspect it.

"There is no justification for excessive speeding in any vehicle, especially not in a heavy truck," Superintendent Stuart Smith says.

"Too many times we have seen the untold carnage that has stemmed from one speeding truck."

Smith has used the incident to remind the trucking industry that police and the RMS will continue working together in 2013 to target drivers and operators flouting the law.

"Rest assured, we will continue to commit plenty of resources to catching and charging any heavy vehicle drivers or operators who break the law and put innocent lives at risk," he says.

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