Sergeant Jarrod French of Coffs Clarence Highway patrol directs drivers in for Random Breath Testing at Ulmarra.
Sergeant Jarrod French of Coffs Clarence Highway patrol directs drivers in for Random Breath Testing at Ulmarra. Adam Hourigan Photography

Another bully grounded after vehicle inspection

ULMARRA residents are relieved to learn that another disgruntled motorist has been pulled off the road.

For weeks, residents have listened to the driver of a Truck and Dog combination sound his horn unnecessarily while travelling through the village.

It's believed this harassment has stemmed from an ongoing dispute between residents and professional drivers after last year's Let's Not Wait campaign for improved road safety was misinterpreted as an attack on the transport industry.

In that time Police caught up with most drivers who unleashed a tirade of abuse toward residents. However, recent events have proved the crusade of harassment has continued.

On Wednesday, the driver of the Dog and Trailer was stopped on the Pacific Highway, Clarenza by Highway Patrol officers.

NSW Police confirmed that the vehicle was known to them due to complaints made about the noise harassment, however it was pulled over on the highway due to being previously involved in a collision.

The driver spoken to about his behaviour in relation to the harassment of Ulmarra residents. However, an inspection of the vehicle revealed a potentially deadly scenario.

"A full inspection was undertaken by Heavy Vehicle Inspectors and Police where 25 defects where identified including 17 major. The combination was also grossly overloaded and was directed to reduce this weight load," the NSW Police spokesperson said.

"The driver was also unable to produce his work diary as required."

The vehicle has since been grounded and the driver was issued with numerous infringement notices totalling $4374.

"Our serial horn blower had a little run in with the law... We can now live life a little more peacefully," an Ulmarra resident posted on social media.

"Well done NSW Police."



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