Log book offences cost Timboon trucker $2000

A “LAZY” Timboon truck driver who lied to police about his log book has been slapped with a $2000 fine. 

Tony Drysdale, 43, of Hamilton Street, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court yesterday to failing to provide and make entries in his work diary, which is used to log driving hours. 

On July 12 police pulled over Drysdale in a Kenworth prime mover B-double at 9am, heading north on the Hume Freeway near Balmattum, north of Seymour. When asked for his work diary Drysdale told police it was not in the vehicle.

The officer then searched the truck and found the log book under a doona, without an entry for the past nine days.

“I’ve just been lazy,” Drysdale told police when asked why he had lied about the book and had not kept it updated.

His defence counsel said he was not proud of his behaviour, claiming he was “certainly remorseful and he understands the responsibility of driving these vehicles”.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said log books had been part of the trucking industry for decades.

“You have to understand we can’t ignore these laws because they are related to safety,” he told Drysdale. 

The magistrate handed down the fine of $2000 plus $107.80 in statutory costs.

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