Thursday, October 02, 2008


I just don't get it. This truck tried to go under a bridge and it was too high to clear the bridge. Now, sometimes trucks have loads on them that vary but from my observations, most of the trucks that hit bridges are quite standard. Where trams run under the bridges and the overhead wiring is taken out, it causes massive disruption and inconvenience to tram passengers and it happens all to often. How often do we hear that a truck has brought down the tram overhead wiring at the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets? Often!

All bridges have their clearance signposted and I would guess that inside trucks are signs that tells of the truck's height. Then there is the truck driver's basic instinct and awareness of clearances.....ohhhh, that looks a bit low for my truck.

How hard can this be for professional drivers?

Photo by Ian Green.


  1. For professional truck driver it usually isn't a problem, they know the height of their rig and the best route to take that will cause minimal disruption, however many truckies aren't prefessionals, they're hacks. Rough around the edges, under educated and usually wired off their dial to meet deadlines etc. It's these guys who ruin the whole thing for people like you and I and for the other truck drivers who have to try and justify their own good work against this kind of incompetence.

  2. "How often do we hear that a truck has brought down the tram overhead wiring at the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets?"

    Oddly enough, it barely gets a mention in the Fleetwood Chronicle.

  3. Oh GOD!! FFS! Newmarket... happens ALL THE TIME!! I swear that damn bridge is some kind of big truck magnet...

  4. Well put Kezza.

    Well Brian, that's insular England for you.

    If you aren't back Jen, then it must be reassuring that nothing's changed.

  5. Anonymous10:12 pm

    Better than a broken boom-gate. At least the trains don't get held up.

    And I have no sympathy for truck drivers who don't know their own truck's height.

  6. Anonymous10:17 pm

    My God that's hilarious. I hope you were the one who took that photo, because it would've been even funnier to see in person.

    And to think I sometimes freak out that my aerial is going to hit the ceiling in those those tight shopping centre carparks, going up the ramps?

  7. i've thought about this before too

    on freeways you often see those signs "large/high trucks use this exit"

    if i was a lazy truck driver, i'd take a risk too...

  8. Anonymous8:37 am

    Simple solution - why don't they just jack up the bridges to accomodate these high rigs?

  9. I would imagine trains do get held up Reuben, until the bridge is declared safe.

    Not me TDW, and I wasn't there. There was a story on the news a while back where a Tasmanian couple tried to drive their new camper van under a South Melbourne railway bridge, very unsuccessfully.

    Fine Kiki, if you know what your height is.

    Anon, cost and the trucks will just get higher and higher.

  10. I have seen this before in that exact same spot about four times in the past 3 years...if I worked full time I am sure I would see it more just cannot help dumb!

  11. Yes Cazzie, it not a one off incident. Height detectors need to be installed perhaps.

  12. Anonymous10:54 pm

    More freight trains please Ms Kosky!

  13. Probably one of those girl drivers.

  14. We saw (and were stuck in) the aftermath. And Andy B, no, it wasn't a "girl driver".

    Anonymous... in order to "jack up the bridge" they would also have to jack up the train rail infrastructure that that bridge has supported for the past 50 years. Not possible.

    What I don't get is that there are signs, very clear, distinct and MULTIPLE signs in every direction near that bridge. If your truck is over 3.4 metres tall, you will NOT get under that bridge. It's been that way for years. Nothing's changed. ARRRGGHHH!!! The stupidity of people.

  15. Yep Reuben, get freight off the roads.

    My readers aren't so easily provoked Andy.

    Of course Ren, it disrupts trains, trams and other road users.