TRUCK Driver Russell Silk has been whopped with a $23000 fine and 33 demerit points after he was charged with a total of 21 offences.
Mr Silk, a 53 year old driver from Currans Hill NSW appeared in Albury Local Court today on 21 charges under the Road Transport Act, ranging from critical to minor rest work offences.
He was first charged in April 2016 when his B-double was stopped by Albury Highway patrol on the Hume Highway Bowna for the purpose of a heavy vehicle compliance inspection.
Police inspected his work diary and found that he had worked excessive hours and had taken insufficient rest breaks.
Between the February 3 and April 8 last year he was found to have committed 6 critical risk work and rest hour offences and 3 severe risk work and rest hour offences.
He had also committed 2 substantial risk work and rest hour offences and 7 minor risk work and rest hour offences. Police also identified that the driver had made false and misleading work diary entries.
Under the Road Transport Act, as the driver has incurred over 20 demerit points, his driver's licence will be suspended for 5 months by the Roads and Maritime Services.