NSW driver faces court for overloaded vehicle

Police alledge salt-laden B-double was more than 60 tonnes above the legal limit

November 15, 2013

A truck driver caught behind the wheel of a B-double more than 60 tonnes above the legal limit will face court.

The truck weighed 65 tonnes – well over the five-tonne limit on a residential street in New South Wales.

The 55-year-old driver was pulled over by officers from the South West Metropolitan Highway on Wednesday just before 9am on Polding Street North in Fairfield.

He presented the officers a load manifest which showed he was transporting 40 tonnes of industrial salt from Victoria to Sydney’s Yennora.

The vehicle’s overall weight was 13 times above the legal limit for that section of road.

Police allege the driver failed to enter details about the trip in his work diary.

He is charged with committing a severe risk breach of mass and failing to make work diary recordings.

"Load limits are placed on roads not only to preserve the structural integrity of the road surfaces but also to protect other people who might be using those roads," NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner John Hartley says.

"An overloaded truck could cause serious damage and injury if involved in a crash in a built-up suburban area.

"Steep fines apply to truck drivers and operators who choose to ignore these road limits."

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