Overtaking truckie incurs wrath of NSW Police

Police fine driver and defect his truck after detecting him travelling 28km/h over the speed limit while overtaking a B-double

February 11, 2013

Police have detected a heavy vehicle allegedly speeding while overtaking another truck in the south of New South Wales.

Police were performing speed enforcement duties on February 9 on the Hume Highway at Jugiong when a Victorian registered truck laden with 20 tonnes of hay bales overtook a B-double.

Officers allegedly clocked the truck travelling at 128km/h. The 32-year-old truck driver received infringement notices for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20km/h and for work diary offences.

He was ordered not to drive for 24 hours, while his employer’s rig was defected.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith says police and the Roads and Maritime Services will subject the company involved in the operation of the truck to further investigation.

"If necessary we will ground fleets of trucks or coaches involved in speeding events at any time," he says.

Inquiries into the incident continue.

Only three days previously police grounded three trucks on the Hume Highway in the space of two hours for speeding. One truck was detected travelling at 120km/h, another at 122km/h and the third at 132km/h.

All drivers received infringement notices, while officers also grounded the trucks to inspect evidence of speed limiter tampering.

"At a time when three trucks were detected speeding during the week, the industry needs to take notice," Smith says.

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