Highway Patrol officers have prevented a “disaster waiting to happen”, after booking a truck driver who was allegedly clocked at near record speed on a major Australian highway.
Police say the Victorian-registered prime mover, which was hauling three excavators, was detected doing 144km/h on the Hume Highway at Pheasants Nest, south-west of Sydney, at 9.30pm on Thursday.
While that stretch of the highway is a 110km/h zone, heavy vehicles are restricted to a maximum speed of 100km/h.
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An inspection of the truck (pictured below) allegedly found it was in breach of a number of speed limit restrictions and also had a few oil leaks.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said the speed of that truck was among the fastest on record.
“To have such a heavy vehicle, laden with further heavy machinery, hurtling down the highway at that speed, is a disaster waiting to happen,” AC Corboy said.
“Officers will always be on the lookout for irresponsible driving behaviour which puts innocent road users at risk.”
The driver was issued with a major grounded defect notice. He also received a fine of $1,364 and five demerit points for Class C heavy vehicle exceed speed limit over 30km/h and $2,238 for vehicle not speed limiter compliant when driven on road.