Two fined after over-length trucks enter Galston Gorge, NSW

Two truck drivers have been fined after separate incidents involving over-length trucks entering Galston Gorge, NSW Police say.

About 9am today, police received information that a truck had become stuck in Galston Gorge

Police stopped and spoke to the driver of the truck and trailer, which had a combined length of 18.5 metres, more than double the authorised maximum length for the gorge of 7.5 metres.

The 49-year-old man was issued an infringement for disobey no truck sign (length) – Galston Gorge; at a cost of $2238.

About 11am the same day, police were called to another truck which was stuck in Galston Gorge and blocking traffic.

Police arrived to find another 18.5 meter vehicle completely blocking traffic.

Police managed traffic around the heavy vehicle until other police could stop all westbound traffic from entering the Gorge.

The truck was then slowly escorted west through the Gorge.

Police spoke to the 40-year-old male driver, who was also issued a $2238 infringement.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, says these incidents create unnecessary inconvenience for police and motorists.

“There are really no excuses for driving an over-length vehicle into Galston Gorge.

“There are warnings signs, flashing lights, measuring bays and camera systems, however we are still seeing this occur.

“It is a dangerous and selfish move, and creates great inconvenience for responding police and motorists, and this is reflected in the substantial fine issued to those who commit this offence.

“In addition to the fine, drivers also can be risking their license and livelihood,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

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