Truck drivers will now face tougher penalties for entering Sydney tunnels in an overheight truck, to minimise disruptions to our busy road network and keep commuters moving.
There have been 40 overheight trucks detected in the Sydney Harbour Tunnel alone in 2022, almost double the number in 2021.
Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said the NSW Government was increasing the penalties following a recent spike in the number of incidents of overheight trucks wreaking havoc on our roads.
“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,” Mrs Ward said.
“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.
“The fine for overheight trucks will now increase from $3740 to $5,500, which is the maximum penalty that can be applied for a road rule offence.
“We are also doubling the suspension period for a driver licence to up to six months and increasing the demerit points from six to 12.
“Our Government is committed to keeping Sydneysiders moving and ensuring they spend less time in traffic and more time with family and friends, and doing the things they love.”
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,” Mr Farraway 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.”