Truckie fined for damaging Broughton Pass bridge

The Broughton Pass bridge was damaged by a truck crash earlier this month. Picture: Deputy Mayor Matt Gould Facebook page

The Broughton Pass bridge was damaged by a truck crash earlier this month. Picture: Deputy Mayor Matt Gould Facebook page

A truck driver has copped more than $800 in fines after he damaged the Broughton Pass bridge earlier this month.

The Victorian man, age not known, allegedly disobeyed a road sign when his B-double truck became stuck on the bridge on July 8. The incident caused Broughton Pass to be closed in both directions for more than 12 hours.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman said the collision caused severe damage to the bridge's guard rail.

"The driver tried to free the truck, but it became stuck with the B-double trailer hanging over the roadway's edge," she said.

RMS heavy vehicle inspectors issued the driver with several infringements, including for:

  • Disobeying a 'No truck' sign.
  • Driving off route.
  • Having a critical breach of working hours.
  • Defect notice for trailer damage.

The driver was fined $865 in total, copping a $674 fine for driving off route and $191 for disobeying a 'No truck' sign.

The man will also face court at a date to be announced for the alleged critical hours breach.

The truckie allegedly told inspectors he had travelled from Banksmeadow before "getting lost" after missing the turn to the M5 motorway.

He then travelled towards Wollongong in attempt to return to the Hume Highway.

The man allegedly saw warning signs along Wilton Road, but claimed he was unable to turn his truck around.

However, the RMS spokeswoman said there was "no excuse" for heavy vehicles to be on roads "not suitable for their size and mass".

"It is completely unacceptable that one truck driver who disobeyed multiple warning signs should cause significant disruption to other road users," she said.

"The signs are in place for a reason."

Wollondilly Council workers have since installed a new guard rail on Broughton Pass.