Wrong track truckers fined $1000

TRUCK drivers have been fined almost $1000 each for using a road that was not delegated for B-doubles, despite being diverted on to the route by police after a fatal accident last month.

The incident occurred on June 20, after the fatal accident on the Pacific Highway at Urunga that saw both lanes of the highway closed for an extended period of time.

According to the Daily Telegraph, after two hours of queued traffic, RTA officials at Sydney authorised police to escort trucks onto the Old Pacific Highway to continue their journey.

But when they reached the Halfway Creek RTA inspection station, truckies that had been diverted were pulled over and issued with 'breach' notices - at a cost of $980 each - for using the road.

An RTA spokesperson said yesterday that the fines should not have been issued and will be withdrawn.

“A temporary detour was established along the Old Pacific Highway at Raleigh after the crash for approximately one hour,” the spokesperson said.

“The Old Pacific Highway is not an established B-double route, and during this time three B-doubles using the diversion were issued with breach notices.

“After all major crashes the RTA undertakes a full investigation.

“This investigation had established the three breach notices should be withdrawn because of the extenuating circumstances in this case.

“Drivers will receive letters advising of these withdrawals.”

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