A 65-year-old heavy vehicle driver has been convicted at court, and issued fines totalling $37,700, following the detection of numerous serious fatigue-based offences, reported the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command of NSW Police.
In a post on its Facebook page, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said that at about 8.17am, on May 5, 2021, officers attached to Holbrook Highway Patrol attended a rest area on the Hume Highway north of Holbrook after a report of a minor collision involving two heavy vehicles.
Police spoke to one of the drivers and he produced his work diary. A number of breaches were found upon initial inspection of the work diary.
An investigation commenced, and police detected 32 offences that occurred between March 15-April 5, 2021.
The driver was charged with several offences including:
- Make false or misleading entry in work record x 12
- Driver no record prescribed information in written work diary x 6
- Solo driver work more than standard maximum time – minor risk x 7
- Solo driver rest less than standard time – severe risk x 3
- Solo driver rest less than minimum time – critical risk x 1
- Solo driver work more than standard maximum time – severe risk x 1
- Solo driver work more than standard maximum time – substantial risk x 1
- Driver not record odometer reading as prescribed x 1The driver was sentenced at Holbrook Local Court on February 9, 2022.