GPS is a dan­ger­ous lead

Don’t gun through the Gal­ston

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Quinn Jones

BEWARE the Gal­ston Gorge.

That’s the mes­sage from the NSW Po­lice and ra­dio mouth­piece Ray Hadley as more and more driv­ers are fined for rolling though this beau­ti­ful but dan­ger­ous spot in the Hunter re­gion.

How­ever, caught-out truck driv­ers are ar­gu­ing that GPS sys­tems which send them into the gorge are the cul­prits to blame.

Hadley has been a keen voice against driv­ers in over-sized trucks us­ing Gal­ston Rd and the gorge as a through­way and his cam­paign has led to in­creased sig­nage, mea­sur­ing bays and threats of fines.

But the broad­caster’s mes­sage hasn’t been picked up by ev­ery­body and the is­sue reap­peared on his show last week when three driv­ers in five days were pulled up and fined for en­ter­ing the gorge.

And Hadley was hav­ing none of it, de­scrib­ing one driver as a “lu­natic”.

“Blokes like this dope should be off the road per­ma­nently,” Hadley told his lis­ten­ers. “They bring the vast ma­jor­ity of truck­ies un­done.”

Hadley’s ire has been matched by the ef­forts by the NSW High­way Po­lice with the unit stop­ping sev­eral trucks and fin­ing the driv­ers more than $2000 and six-de­merit points.

The po­lice even fined a driver’s em­ployer nearly $3000 in fines af­ter the truck was deemed to have a range of de­fects.

How­ever, some driv­ers claim they aren’t at fault and were just fol­low­ing their GPS into the gorge.

But po­lice have dis­missed that ex­cuse, point­ing out the roads in and out of the gorge are well signed.

“There are nu­mer­ous warn­ing signs on the Hornsby Heights and Gal­ston ends of the Gorge, which driv­ers have been choos­ing to ig­nore,” As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Michael Cor­boy said.

“There are no ex­cuses for heavy ve­hi­cle driv­ers ig­nor­ing signs when sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties are put at risk.

“The com­pa­nies in­volved not only run the risk of hav­ing reg­is­tra­tions sus­pended, they can also ex­pect to have their fleets in­spected and no­tices is­sued if their trucks are not up to scratch.”


ABOVE: A dam­aged guard rail along the bridge over Tunks Creek.


LEFT: A truck winds its way through the Gal­ston Gorge.

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