A truck driver pleaded guilty after driving for 14.5 hours without taking a proper break.
A truck driver pleaded guilty after driving for 14.5 hours without taking a proper break. Carly Morrissey

Truckie made false entries, dodges nap time

DODGY log book notes betrayed a Dalby truck driver after police discovered he had been exceeding the legal amount of driving and skipping rest time.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Molinaro said the kind of behaviour posed a critical risk on the road.

On May 13 police were conducting patrols on the Logan Motorway when they intercepted a prime mover driven by Michael Wright.

Sergeant Molinaro told the Gatton Magistrates Court on Monday the 60-year-old had been driving for 14.5 hours.

"(The driver was) permitted to work for a maximum of 12 hours in any 24-hour period and was required to have a continuous seven-hour stationery break period," Sgt Molinaro said.

When police inspected the logbook, they discovered false entries on May 8.

"Once the false entries had been rectified, it was revealed that at about 8.20pm on May 8 the defendant had worked for 14.5 hours," Sgt Molinaro said.

Wright's lawyer told Magistrate Kay Ryan Wright had pulled over to rest but hadn't been able to sleep and had 'set off early to try to beat traffic'.

Wright was fined $1200 and his conviction was recorded.

Ms Ryan told Wright to 'keep to his hours' in future.



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