Hornsby MP Matt Kean has welcomed tough new regulations for heavy vehicle operators who drive overheight or overlength trucks into Galston Gorge.
The NSW Government announced in May that changes would be introduced to enable the Roads and Maritime Services to suspend the heavy vehicle registration of rogue operators for three months.
Mr Kean said the reforms are about trying to prevent the traffic chaos caused by oversized trucks getting stuck in restricted areas.
“Our roads and tunnels are critical infrastructure assets that service our communities and the state’s economy,” Mr Kean said.
“Any trucking company that threatens the operation of these public assets by disobeying size restrictions will find their own asset off the road.”
These penalties are additional to those to those that rogue drivers personally face of $2200 fine and the loss of six demerit points.
The changes also apply to interstate vehicles, meaning visiting drivers can be suspended from driving that vehicle in NSW for three months.
Mr Kean said signs have now been installed in Galston Gorge with the rollout to extend to other areas of Sydney including the Sydney Harbour Tunnel and the M5 East in the next few weeks.
“Operators who fail to meet their obligations to take reasonable steps to ensure a vehicle journey is planned and to inform the truck driver of the most appropriate route will also face their trucks being deregistered,” Mr Kean said.
“To avoid being penalised drivers and freight companies must plan routes which avoid roads, tunnels or bridges where dimension requirements apply.”
Details: www.rms.nsw.gov.au or 1300 364 847.