Trucky pays penalty for too much driving, too little rest

FAILING to abide by work and rest hours and properly fill out hours in his log book have proved expensive for a Toowoomba transport driver.

Justin James Faranda was pulled over by transport inspectors on the Warrego Highway as he drove through Jondaryan, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Further investigations and a check of his log book ascertained the 30-year-old had been driving to Toowoomba and that he had stopped in Dalby for a rest stop about 11pm the night before, police prosecutor Natalie Bugden told the court.

After it was discovered he had resumed driving at 4.30am, inside the minimum seven-hour break, Faranda admitted he had put a false time in the log book and that he had been driving 15 minutes over the maximum 12 hour period, Senior Constable Bugden said.

Faranda told investigators he had not been forced by his employer to drive the extra time or reduce his rest period, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to operating under standard hours with less than minimum rest time, operating over the maximum driver hours and entering false or misleading information into his log book.

Snr Const. Bugden told the court the maximum penalties for the offences were $4200, $15,750 and $10,490 respectively.

The court heard Faranda regretted his actions but that he had been transparent with investigators after being pulled over.

Magistrate Graham Lee said the offences were serious but acknowledged Faranda had made full admissions to investigators and had entered early pleas of guilty to the charges.

He was convicted and fined $2000.
 



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