Smile, you’re at Gal­ston Gorge

Over-length heavy ve­hi­cles to cop on-the-spot fines in ex­cess of $2,000

Owner Driver - - The Goods | News From The Highway And Beyond -

THE INFAMOUS Gal­ston Gorge in Syd­ney’s north has seen count­less heavy ve­hi­cles be­come trapped over the past decade, with al­most 100 over-length trucks be­com­ing stuck in the past year alone.

Traf­fic bot­tle­necks re­sult­ing from the trapped heavy ve­hi­cles have caused sig­nif­i­cant de­lays for mo­torists over the years as it acts as a link for ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling on the Pa­cific High­way north of Syd­ney to the West­ern sub­urbs.

The length-mon­i­tor­ing cam­eras are the lat­est in a se­ries of solutions, fol­low­ing a num­ber of at­tempts in the past to im­prove the is­sue with sig­nage. The cam­eras, which use in­frared and radar-based tech­nol­ogy to mea­sure the length of heavy ve­hi­cles, have been in­stalled near Montview Pa­rade at Hornsby Heights and Calder­wood Road at Gal­ston.

Min­is­ter for Roads Mar­itime and Freight Melinda Pavey says the tech­nol­ogy will re­duce the num­ber of ve­hi­cles stuck in the Gorge, im­prov­ing safety and re­duc­ing traf­fic de­lays.

“Over-length trucks trapped in Gal­ston Gorge cause de­tours of more than 30 min­utes for other mo­torists,” Pavey says. “With al­most 100 over-length heavy ve­hi­cles trapped in Gal­ston Gorge over the past year, the im­pact on the road net­work has been sig­nif­i­cant.”

Mem­ber for Hornsby Matt Kean high­lights that it isn’t just mo­torists af­fected by trucks that be­come stuck, it’s local po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices as well, high­light­ing the need for the cam­eras.

“It is cru­cial that this tech­nol­ogy is used to de­ter driv­ers who at­tempt to use over-length ve­hi­cles and im­prove jour­ney re­li­a­bil­ity for all mo­torists,” Kean says.

The max­i­mum length al­lowed through the Gorge is 7.5 me­tres and any truck that ex­ceeds that length will in­cur an on-the-spot fine of $2,270. For trucks that get stuck, the con­se­quences can be dire, with li­cence and ve­hi­cle regis­tra­tion sus­pen­sions of up to three months and a max­i­mum fine of $3,740 and loss of six de­merit points.

“Over-length trucks trapped in Gal­ston Gorge cause de­tours of more than 30 min­utes for other mo­torists”

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