Damaged trailer taken off the road, driver fined $540

damaged trailer

NSW Police have reminded country operators of their compliance obligations after issuing $540 worth of infringement notices for alleged safety breaches to the driver of this road train.

About 1pm on Friday, May 6, North West Highway Patrol stopped a heavy vehicle road train combination on the Gwydir Highway, Moree.

Police observed a trailer to be missing a set of wheels and the load (cotton) to be over dimension.

The load was measured and found to be in excess of the allowable length.

The driver was issued infringement notices for the dimension breach ($344) and using an unsafe vehicle ($196). The damaged trailer was given a red label defect not to be driven.

“If you are the driver or operator of a heavy vehicle regardless of how often it is used, you must ensure it is roadworthy before it is driven,” said police on the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Facebook page.

“Regional Highway Patrol units will continue to check heavy vehicles for compliance in country areas with all applicable rules and standards and take action against those who do not comply for all road users safety.”

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