A hired truck stuck under a rail bridge in Allwood St, Indooroopilly, on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
A hired truck stuck under a rail bridge in Allwood St, Indooroopilly, on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Low blow: Should they lose their licence for life?

YOU have to feel sorry for these blokes.

Apparently no one warned them a 2.9m-high truck wouldn't fit under a 2.8m-high bridge in Indooroopilly on Saturday.

While it's a mistake they will probably only make once, there are some people who believe they should automatically lose their licence for up to six months after a first offence.

Do it a second time and they should be banned for life, according to Robert Dow of transport lobby group Rail Back on Track.

The hire truck firmly wedged under a rail bridge in Allwood St, Indooroopilly, on Saturday.
The hire truck firmly wedged under a rail bridge in Allwood St, Indooroopilly, on Saturday.


Mr Dow first made the call last month after bridge strikes in Buranda and Dutton Park.

After Saturday's incident in Allwood St, Indooroopilly, he says it's time authorities got serious.

"Bridge strikes are a serious issue and fatalities and injuries have occurred in the past," Mr Dow said.

William Berry Drive in Morayfield.
William Berry Drive in Morayfield.


"And the bridge/beam strikes are of course very disruptive to our transport networks.

"There needs to be more focus on education campaigns, enforcement and sanctions."

Mr Dow said that while protection beams at some sites saved bridges from serious damage, there was serious disruption to traffic.

A truck stuck under the protection beam before the rail bridge on Annerley Rd at Dutton Park on March 21.
A truck stuck under the protection beam before the rail bridge on Annerley Rd at Dutton Park on March 21.

"The beams protect the actual bridges but there are still very serious risks to other road users and bystanders when struck," he said.

"We suggest that steps need to be taken now before there is a serious bridge strike. It is only a matter of time before we have a disaster unless urgent action is taken."

 

 

A truck and excavator stuck under Corinda rail bridge.
A truck and excavator stuck under Corinda rail bridge.

 

 

He has suggested a three-phase plan for authorities.

1. Tougher penalties: A three to six-month automatic licence suspension and a fine for the first offence, along with cost recovery. Automatic life-time ban for second offence.

2. Education campaigns: Transport companies, including hire companies, be responsible for ensuring drivers have designated safe routes as well as drivers acknowledging their height and the documented route selection.

3. Warning devices: The installation of in-cab warning devices which sound an alarm if the vehicle approaches a low level bridge.

 

 

 

Here we go again, this time on Countess St in the CBD.
Here we go again, this time on Countess St in the CBD.

 

 

"Queensland Rail does take bridge strike protection very seriously," Mr Dow said.

"But there needs to be more support from government, police and the road transport authorities to get rid of this scourge."