Fine if truck stuck under bridge
IF A bridge could breathe a sigh of relief, the one in Layard St, Goodna would be deeply exhaling about now.
New laws will kick in at the end of the month increasing the penalties for truck drivers who ignore height-clearance signs and bang into bridges and road tunnels.
The legislation has been introduced to help protect infrastructure like the Layard St rail bridge, which has been hit four times in the past year.
As late as yesterday, police had to close lanes leading into Layard St about 8am after a truck got stuck between the railway bridge and the Ipswich Motorway underpass.
The truck driver was able to turn around and drive out of the precarious situation within about 25 minutes.
Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said laws had been changed which would see the penalties for drivers increase from $100 and three demerit points to $400 and four demerit points.
“Protecting our public infrastructure has become more important than ever, especially in light of the recent floods,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“These increases will act as a further encouragement for truck drivers to plan ahead to avoid carelessly damaging tunnels and rail bridges.
“The penalty for causing damage to tunnels and bridges has been increased because the community is sick and tired of the cost and inconvenience caused by a small minority of careless truck drivers.”
Hitting the bridges can not only damage the infrastructure but can cause traffic chaos.
When the Layard Street bridge was hit on November 8 last year, traffic backed up along Woogaroo St and around to the Goodna turn-off on the Ipswich Motorway, Brisbane-bound.
Traffic was also affected on the southern side of the Ipswich Motorway, with police conducting traffic control at either entrance to Layard St, while towing crews worked out the best way to get the truck out of its precarious situation.