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Over-height truck penalties to double to $4400

Following four incidents of over-height trucks striking tunnels in the space of just one week, NSW Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward has confirmed that the current fine is set to be doubled to $4400.

“It’s outrageous. The inconvenience that’s being caused by these truck drivers has got to stop,” she told 2GB radio host Ray Hadley.

“Most of the truck drivers, thousands of them do the right thing every day but for those few who aren’t doing the right thing, they have a responsibility to check their height and their load before they get behind the wheel.

“We have warning signs up, we have those height sensors, we have signs everywhere, and we have penalties.”

Ward pointed to a recent incident of an over-height truck causing damage to the M2 and the tunnel at Beecroft, Epping; along with another at Lane Cove, which she said was “the final straw”.

“We’re going to double the current penalties. I’ll come back to you when the regulation changes have been made. In addition, I’ve instructed Transport to look at other options available to stop the madness.”

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