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NSW government suspend truck regos following tunnel overheight breaches

The NSW government has named the six companies that, alongside one owner-operator, have been punished for recent overheight breaches in Sydney tunnels

The NSW government has acted following the recent spate of overheight breaches by heavy vehicles in Sydney tunnels this year.

The government has announced it has suspended the registration of seven additional trucks due to overheight breaches.

The seven additional trucks will be removed from the road for six months with suspended registrations as the NSW government raises the pressure on companies and owners to stop overheight vehicle incidents in Sydney’s road tunnel network.

Since July 14, six companies and one owner-operator whose vehicles breached height clearance rules and stopped traffic have been served with registration suspensions as part of the government’s zero-tolerance approach to overheight incidents.

BG Drilling has been issued with a suspension notice for an incident on June 16 in which a truck registered to the company struck sprinklers in the Airport Tunnel, activating the deluge system. A northbound lane had to be closed and traffic held in both directions while the truck was taken out of the tunnel.

Absperex Services will also be without a truck after an incident on June 29 when its truck fitted with a self-loading container arm hit the physical barrier ahead of the Cooks River Tunnel before the driver lowered the arm inside the tunnel and proceeded to a breakdown bay on the M5, disrupting traffic.

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The other five companies that will have one less truck in their fleets for the next six months are Brisbane Transport, Recycling Metal Industries, Transpacific Superior Pak, D & H Group Australia and an individual operator.

These follow the first registration suspension in late June since a deal between the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the NSW government which sees all overheight breaches automatically referred to Transport for NSW for investigation and sanction.

“The NSW government is a supporter of the freight industry and the overwhelming majority of truck drivers who do the right thing, know the height of their load and plan accordingly. These registrations suspensions are necessary because our message of zero tolerance has unfortunately not yet got through to all drivers,” NSW roads minister John Graham says.

“The message to those who own and operate trucks is if you do not plan properly and your drivers find themselves overheight and being backed into a slip lane then there are severe consequences for your business – not just the individual driver’s licence and bank account.

“Registration suspensions are one way to ensure we see fewer cases in which Sydney traffic is brought to its knees. We have also formed the Overheight Truck Taskforce, bringing together NSW Police, the freight industry, transport and the Transport Workers’ Union to formulate new strategies to address this persistent problem.”

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