POLICE have slammed as “disgraceful” the behaviour of one truckie on Tuesday who was caught speeding down a notoriously steep descent of Warringah Rd in Dee Why.
The incident was just days after driver Sarmad Nisan was jailed for at least three years for a horror crash when he sped in the same area.
Nisan, 42, injured six people, including two off-duty police officers, when his vehicle tipped and ploughed into several cars slammed into a line of traffic stopped at a red light at the busy intersection at Pittwater Rd in 2014.
Northern Beaches Highway Patrol supervisor Senior Sergeant Martin Searle said he was disgusted by the unnamed truckie’s behaviour two days ago, saying it was “disgraceful”.
At 10.04am on Tuesday, police sitting in a marked car detected the semi-trailer travelling at 70km/h down Warringah Rd where the truck speed limit is 20km/h.
Sen-Sgt Searle said the truck was overtaking cars as it sped down the hill. This was in contrast to the cars which were slowing down as they neared the intersection of Pittwater Rd.
“Any driver paying attention should have spotted the marked police car beside the road,” Sen-Sgt Searle said.
“We often task officers to park there and check the speed of trucks and buses coming down the hill.”
The Highway Patrol officer followed the truck and signalled the driver – a 39-year-old North Richmond man – to pull over in Pittwater Rd.
He was charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and his driver’s licence was immediately suspended.
Sen-Sgt Searle said it was astounding that any motorist, particularly a truck driver, would speed down that hill.
Fellow truck driver Simon Gilbert took to Facebook, congratulating the police on having done “a great job” and saying the detection of the speeding truck driver meant “one less idiot to share my workplace with & give the rest of us truckies a bad name!”
The charging of the North Richmond man comes just days after truck driver Sarmad Nisan was sent to prison after he was found guilty on April 27 of two counts of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm.
On October 21, 2014, Nisan drove his 22-tonne truck down Warringah Rd at more than 45km/h over the speed limit, failed to negotiate the left-hand turn into Warringah Rd and crashed into seven stationary cars, injuring six people, two of them seriously.
In the following three months, police booked 80 truck drivers speeding down the hill, including four on one day.
Flashing lights were installed beside Warringah Rd to warn drivers of heavy vehicles of the speed limit but on December 14, 2015, another truck driver sped down Warringah Rd, failed to negotiate the left-hand turn into Warringah Rd and crashed into several cars.
Thankfully no one was injured.
Just four days later, a bus driver was caught driving at 53km/h down the hill, after which a speed camera that had been installed beside the road was activated.
For many residents, the most gut-wrenching incident at the foot of Warringah Rd occurred on April 11, 2000, when a truck crashed into the rear of a car, killing an 11-month-old boy.
Sen-Sgt Searle said police will continue to target drivers speeding down Warringah Rd.
“Being locals, we know the publicity that stretch of road has had in recent years, especially after the truckie got three years in jail, which is why it’s astounding that a truck driver would speed down that hill,” he said.