Truck driver fined due to rest break breach during 24-hour period

FINED: A truck driver was fined in Orange Local Court on Monday for breaching minimum rest break regulations. FILE PHOTO
FINED: A truck driver was fined in Orange Local Court on Monday for breaching minimum rest break regulations. FILE PHOTO

A truck driver who had only five hours and 15 minutes continuous rest between 2.15am on June 21 and 2.15am on June 22 has been fined $1500 and ordered to pay $440 in professional costs. 

Douglas Anthony Dalzell, 32, of Park Street, Millthorpe, was fined in Orange Local Court on Monday for not getting seven hours continuous rest in a 24-hour period.

However, his Solicitor Neil Jones said his client had taken numerous breaks during the 24-hour period that were longer than the minimum times required.

Mr Jones also said before the 24-hour period started Dalzell had not driven since June 15 and the five continuous hours that were included in the time-frame were part of a longer 14-hour break. 

The maximum fine Dalzell could have faced was $16,000.