Over size truck: An over height truck tried to enter the Tugun Bypass tunnel on Friday but was stopped on the highway.
Over size truck: An over height truck tried to enter the Tugun Bypass tunnel on Friday but was stopped on the highway. John Gass

Huge truck grounded on highway

A GROUNDED truck on the Pacific Highway has served as a reminder to truck drivers – know your height.

After reports the truck would be moved Friday night, it was still stationary yesterday with a Main Roads “over size” sign on the truck.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the vehicle entered the Tugun Bypass about 6.45am on Friday and was detected by height sensors on the southbound lanes.

“The southbound tunnel portal was closed on Friday morning to prevent the vehicle from potentially damaging the tunnel,” the spokesperson said.

“Northbound traffic was unaffected and the southbound portal was reopened after about 10 minutes.”

When sensors are set off and the vehicle fails to exit from the bypass Road Traffic Authority compliance inspectors attend and deem whether it can fit through the tunnel or be turned around.

The spokesperson said the grounded truck was assessed as over height and over weight according to current weight limits for vehicles on Friday.

“Action will be taken to address a breach of permit in regards to height, weight and travelling on an unapproved route,” they said. “The truck will not be allowed to move until the load is brought into line.”



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