by Marissa Georgopoulos, Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard
A TRUCK driver who was caught on camera locking up his brakes before careening across lanes of busy traffic in St Marys, NSW earlier this year is appealing his sentence.
Firas Al-Hussein, 31, fronted Penrith Local Court on Thursday and was convicted of driving recklessly or speeding in a dangerous manner - a first offence charge - on February 23.
Al-Hussein, who pleaded guilty, was ordered by Magistrate Stephen Corry to pay a $1000 fine, enter a good behaviour bond for 12 months and lose his licence for three years.
But the driver is appealing the disqualification on the grounds of the penalty being "too severe".
Al-Hussein was driving a Kenworth tipper truck and towing a trailer along the Great Western Highway about 12.37pm on the day.
According to a police facts sheet, he changed lanes "in order to overtake vehicles ahead of his", failed to slow down "narrowly missing them", and forced the driver of a black ute to "take evasive action to avoid a collision" as he left-turned on to Mamre Rd.
"The actual and potential danger he posed to motorists was extreme due to the sheer size and mass of the heavy vehicle and the amount of traffic," the facts sheet read.
Had the heavy vehicle combination driven by the accused actually collided with any of the vehicles in the vicinity, the aftermath ... would have been catastrophic and resultant injuries would have been very serious to critical in nature."
There will be a hearing for the matter at Penrith District Court next month.