Overheight trucks will now face tougher penalties for entering Sydney tunnels, after the New South Wales Government announced a fine increase to minimise disruptions.
Fines for overheight trucks will now increase from $3,740 to $5,500, along with the suspension period doubling to six months and demerit points rising from six to 12.
Minister for Metropolitan Roads, Natalie Ward, said the decision follows a recent spike in the number of overheight truck incidents.
“On multiple occasions in the last two weeks, hardworking commuters have been left inconvenienced and frustrated, particularly those using the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, and I won’t allow that to continue,” she said.
“The vast majority of truck drivers do the right thing, but for those who refuse to obey multiple warning signs and drive overheight vehicles into our tunnels, this should serve as a strong message that this has to stop.”
Minister for Regional Roads and Transport, Sam Farraway, said truck drivers had an obligation to check their vehicles and their loads.
“The many truck drivers who obey the rules rely on our roads to put food on the table, which is why we need to do everything we can to protect their livelihoods,” he said.
“I would encourage all drivers to plan their trips to ensure they don’t break the rules and to pay attention to the signage which gives them ample warning.”
“We will work with industry to ensure the rules are clear and drivers are educated about their responsibilities.”