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Peculiarly loaded truck lands driver in hot water

A 70-year-old driver has been charged after being spotted with a load that was over-width, over length and improperly secured.

NSW Police officers from the Traffic Operations Group – Heavy Vehicle unit charged the Belfield man “following the detection of a significant load shift during travel and severe dimension breaches”.

“About 12:30pm on Monday 18th October 2021 officers intercepted the heavy vehicle after observing the load movement at the rear of the vehicle. The driver informed police that he had a single strap on the metal load and as he went uphill the load moved considerably. He stopped and placed another strap on the load but did not adjust it,” said the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command – NSW Police Force on its Facebook page.

NSW Police said movement in the rear load caused the length of the vehicle to be 2.8 metres over the maximum allowed length, as well as being over width.

The driver was charged with:

  • Driving a heavy vehicle while not complying with loading requirements (load shifted during travel);
  • Driving a heavy vehicle while not complying with dimension requirements (rear overhang too far); and
  • Driving a heavy vehicle while not complying with dimension requirements (over-width).

The driver is due to appear before Parramatta Local Court on November 17, 2021.

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