Stuck truckie lost right to drive in NSW for three months
A VICTORIAN truck driver who got his B-double stuck in Broughton Pass in early July has had his right to drive in New South Wales suspended for three months.
Transport for NSW Director Compliance Roger Weeks said the decision to suspend the visiting privileges of the driver and truck and trailer combination followed careful consideration of the incident's impact on the local community.
"The oversized truck caused damage to the road infrastructure and obstructed traffic, causing a 45 minute detour," Mr Weeks said.
"It took more than four hours to free the Kenworth K200 after it collided with safety barriers on entry to the bridge at Cataract River and then about two weeks to repair the barriers following the incident.
"These facts were considered and it was found to be appropriate to remove the right to drive from the interstate licence holder."
Wilton Road has seven length and mass advisory signs including "long vehicles no access, go back", "oversized vehicles turn around now", an electronic heavy vehicle warning sign and several other static signs in place to provide as much warning as possible that Broughton Pass is not a suitable B-double route.
"The decision by this driver to ignore these warnings and the resultant cost, time and inconvenience caused by the crash has led to his suspension from NSW roads for the next three months," Mr Weeks said.
"It is hoped the penalties handed to this driver and the trucking company's vehicles will serve as a warning to other operators to ensure they are always using approved heavy vehicle routes, wherever they are travelling in NSW."