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.


IS THERE ‘life’ after the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show, the biggest truck show in the country this year, you ask?

Well, here’s a few trucking events coming up that we’re certain will get the diesel pumping through your veins again and help you recover from those post-big-truck- show-blues after Brisbane.

Alexandra Truck, Ute and Rod Show

THIS event is celebrating 21 years in 2017, and if this one doesn’t put a spark back into your trucking life, then nothing will.

On Saturday, June 10 there will be be a morning Rod Run, a Truck Drivers’ Memorial Service from 2pm and a Sponsor’s Dinner from 7pm. But Sunday, June 11 from 10am-4pm is the big one, with the main street of Alexandra parked out with hundreds of trucks, utes and rods on show, plus live music, a major auction, amusements for the kids and much more.

And it’s free.


MARK June 17-18 in the diary for the first Denning Reunion at the Acacia Ridge Hotel, Beaudesert Rd, Acacia Ridge.

If you built one, drove one, repaired one, travelled in a Denning or you just love buses and coaches, this two- day event could be for you.

Visit www.denning reunion.com.au for details.

ATA Conference

THE Australian Trucking Association’s Trucking Australia 2017 is on June 21-23 in Darwin, NT.

It’s the top transport and logistics industry event for the year.

The conference is being held in the Top End, and it’ll be as big and as important as the Top End itself.

Get along and “Have Your Say; Make a Difference; Get Results and Celebrate Our Industry” especially with the winners of the 2017 National Trucking Industry Awards who will be announced during the event.

Visit www.truck.net.au for more details.

WA Modellers

VINCE Ziino, model truck columnist for WA Transport Magazine, has posted on the WA Truck Modellers Facebook page that he is staging a Model Truck Show featuring both static and remote control model trucks on July 23 at the Cyril Jackson Hall, Fisher St, Ashfield in Perth, Western Australia.

Big toys on show

THE Big Boys Toys Expo is on August 19-20 at Exhibition Park, Lyneham on Canberra’s north side.

It’s a showcase and live demonstration expo of just about every serious big boy’s toy you ever thought about owning.

The expo is open to the public from 10am-4pm on both days and is suitable for the whole family.

Kids under 15 can enter with a gold coin donation which will support the work of Menslink Canberra.

Visit www.bigboystoys canberra.com.au for details.

Car carriers reunion

FOR those who were part of the group, especially between 1975 and 1995, or for those who simply just might be interested, there’s a CAT-TNT Car Carriers Reunion being held in Wagga Wagga on September 30, the NSW 2017 Labour Day long weekend.

For more details, give Lila a call on (02)69251868 or 0408825441.

Sydney Classics and Antiques

THE Museum of Fire is proud to present the 7th Annual Sydney Classic & Antique Truck Show.

Classic trucks, buses, fire engines and vehicles of yesteryear from across the country will be on display at the Museum of Fire on Sunday, May 28.

See trucks from the solid rubber boneshakers of 1914 through to the kings of the highway of the ’60s and ’70s.

International award-winning Matt Falloon and his Trained Balloons takes entertainment to a new level.

There will also be demonstrations by vintage-dressed firefighters showing you the skills of yesteryear as they put some of the classic fire engines to work. Relive history with the historic police cars and bikes display including the infamous Chargers, and much more.



The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week issued safety recalls for various vehicles from Land Rover, Nissan and Volvo.


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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) led the charge with three of its own called back – including model year 2016 and MY17 examples of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, as well as the MY17 Discovery Sport– which were on sale between August 1 and November 30 last year.

These cars are all affected by an issue with the front seatbelt pre-tensioners, whereby they may fail to operate during a crash due to an issue with their initiator which is caused by an improper chemical mix ratio.

Not all of the recalled vehicles are impacted as the issue only involves seatbelt assemblies from a particular manufacturing date range.

Representatives from JLR will directly contact affected model owners via mail to request that their cars be taken to a preferred dealership for assessment, with a replacement to be completed at no cost if a unit from the faulty batch is identified.

Meanwhile, Volvo Car Australia posted its third recall notice this year for examples of the MY17 XC90  and XC90 Excellence, this time for vehicles equipped with leather upholstery in a seven seat configuration.

An airbag label was accidentally not fitted to the passenger side sun visor of these models during production, meaning that the front occupant will not be warned of the airbag’s presence when their visor is lowered.

Affected vehicle identification numbers (VIN) for the XC90 range from 105019 to 165329.

Owners are encouraged to contact their closest Volvo dealer to book their car in for a free replacement of the passenger side sun visor mirror lid.

Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) has also called back examples of the Z51-series Murano – which were built between November 2013 and February 2015 – to rectify a power steering issue.

Faulty clamp fittings may cause the power steering high-pressure hose to separate over time, which could lead to a fluid leakage.

Drivers will notice a gradual increase in the amount of steering effort required due to the loss of assistance from the power steering.

In a worst-case scenario, if the power steering fluid were to leak onto a source of heat, it may cause a fire.

Defective vehicles are inclusive of VIN numbers JN1TANZ51A0025546 through to JN1TANZ51A0026011.

Nissan customers are advised to contact their local dealership to arrange the free inspection and repair of their Murano, but there may be a delay due to unconfirmed parts availability.


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