Police stopped a “disaster waiting to happen” when they clocked a prime mover hauling three excavators at 144km/h last Thursday near Pheasants Nest.
The truck was travelling on the Hume Highway on June 15 when police detected its speed – despite it being restricted to 100km/h.
State Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the truck’s speed 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,” he said.
A major grounded defect notice was issued to the driver, who was fined $1364 and five demerit points for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h in a Class C heavy vehicle and $2238 for driving a vehicle not speed limiter compliant.
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