Fatigued truckie cops $600 fine for driving 12hrs straight

A TRUCK driver learnt the hard way about fatigued driving when he received a $600 fine after his log book showed he had been on the road for 12 hours straight when he was pulled over at Gatton.

Queensland man Jason Paul McGown, a former military man, was sentenced at Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday after pleading guilty to operating a prime mover by himself for more than the 12 hours within a 24-hour period.

The court heard the 40-year-old was pulled over for a check on September 5 this year at Gatton and officers looked at his log book, which showed he had worked over the maximum amount of time.

The prosecutor said fatigue laws were in place to ensure people had enough sleep when operating dangerous machinery and that McGown's offence was considered "critical".

McGown was on his way from Brisbane to Bundaberg via Gatton.

His lawyer, Melbourne barrister Sharon Kermath, said McGown was new to the industry at the time.

She said he was previously a heavy rigid driver and would drive to local destinations and was never required to fill in log books.

Ms Kermath said McGown was in Wodonga, Victoria, the day before he was pulled over and believed he was OK to drive because he had had a seven-hour break.

The court heard he had a perfect driving history.

He was fined $600.

- APN NEWSDESK


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