Queensland truckie faces 37 charges

A man has appeared in Dubbo Local Court on 37 driving-related charges.
A man has appeared in Dubbo Local Court on 37 driving-related charges.

A Queensland truck driver will be sentenced next month in relation to a long string of charges relating to driving longer than allowed by law.

Whanakia Tuhura, 43, appeared before Magistrate Gary Wilson in Dubbo Local Court last week on 37 charges of solo driver work more than standard maximum time.

Of those, 33 of the matters were considered minor risk while four were categorised as being critical risk.

The offences were accrued through a two-month timeframe stretching from November 2, 2017 through to January 10 of this year.

Police have alleged that Mr Tuhura was logged to have done more than the permitted hours at various locations across NSW, Queensland and Victoria, including the Newell Highway townships of Parkes, Coonabarabran, Wyalong and Finley.

Other alleged offences were noted at locations as far north as Mackay, as far south as Shepparton and as far east as the Sydney suburbs of Huntingwood and Prestons

In a number of instances, it was alleged that his driving time was just 15 minutes past the permissable amount of five-and-a-quarter hours in a five-and-a-half hour stretch.

But in the most serious instances, Mr Tuhura is alleged on four occasions to have driven for significantly longer than the permissable amount for a 24-hour period.

The most serious breaches are alleged to have occurred on November 2/3 of last year when he did 16 hours in a 24-hour period recorded at Yeerongpilly, and a day later when the same breach was recorded at Grafton.

Mr Tuhura will be sentenced in Dubbo Local Court on May 16.