Police throw the book at drug driving truckie

A TRUCK driver called into the Pine Creek Heavy Vehicle Safety Station is paying the penalty for a number of offences.

A joint task force comprised of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officers and Roads and Maritime Services inspectors removed a potentially-dangerous heavy vehicle and and its Queensland driver from the roads as part of Operation IMPACT.

The rock hauling truck was intercepted at Pine Creek at about 10am on Tuesday and an inspection of the truck and trailer revealed defects, including oil leaks, exhaust system leaks and braking issues related to excessive travel.

The vehicle's engine control module was also downloaded and revealed the vehicle had travelled at alleged speeds of up to 134kmh.

The 44-year-old male driver from Veresdale was subjected to a random drug swipe which returned a positive result, and a further saliva-based test returned a positive result to methylamphetamine.

As a result, the driver was issued with infringements for using a heavy vehicle contravening the speed limiter standard and using a heavy vehicle that is unsafe, attracting $630 fines for each offence.

In addition, the truck was issued a defect notice with the vehicle to be returned to a safety station for clearance within seven days.

The driver was given a prohibition notice, based on the positive drug test, banning him from driving for 24 hours pending test results and further court action.

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