Truck towing 15-tonne payload clocked at 119kph in 60 zone at Lapstone

The fine issued to the truck driver at Lapstone by police. Picture: NSW Police/Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
The fine issued to the truck driver at Lapstone by police. Picture: NSW Police/Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

The driver of a truck towing a 15-tonne payload has been fined more than $3,600 after being clocked at 119kph in a 60 zone at Lapstone.

Penrith highway patrol officers were conducting speed checks east bound on the Great Western Highway shortly after 9.30pm on August 13 when a Western Australian-registered prime mover was detected travelling “well above” the 60kph speed zone for trucks and buses.

“[The truck’s] speed was checked on Lidar at 119kph,” a police statement said. “At the time [the truck] was towing a tri-axle tautliner trailer and was loaded with what [the driver] stated as a 15 ton pay load.

“Further checks on the driver revealed he had an outstanding arrest warrant in New South Wales. The warrant was issued at Bankstown court in 2011.”

A 55-year-old Western Australian man was given an infringement notice for Class C vehicle exceed speed over 45kph, which carries a monetary penalty of $3,613 as well as six demerit points.

His Western Australian Class MC drivers licence authority to drive in NSW was suspended for six months, police said.

“In relation to the warrant, [the man] was arrested and taken to Penrith police station where the warrant was executed,” police stated.

“He was bail refused to appear at Penrith local court on August 14.”

The prime mover was issued with a defect notice for a non-complying speed limiter.

The area has six signs stating a 60kph speed zone for trucks and buses, police stated.