Heavy Vehicle Drug Driving

There is a temptation for truck drivers to take illegal stimulants to fight fatigue or depressants to sleep. However, if caught under the influence of these drugs, or even just with them in their system, truck drivers face significant penalties.

The two offences that a truck driver could face if they are found driving in a way that shows affectation by illegal drugs or if drugs are detected by a Mobile Drug Test are:

These offences carry significant penalties and involve loss of licence, which inevitably impacts on the jobs of drivers.

These offences and maximum penalties are the same for truck drivers as they are for those apprehended while driving cars, however courts are particularly strict when sentencing truck drivers because:

  • Illegal drug use is prevalent among truck drivers because they are often under pressure to drive long distances over the shortest possible period of time, and so many feel pressured to turn to drugs to enable them to push their limits; an
  • A heavy vehicle driven by someone under the influence of a drug is very dangerous simply by virtue of its size and speed.

For these reasons, if you have been charged with driving a heavy vehicle under the influence of a drug or with an illicit drug present in your system, or even if you have been charged while driving a car but hold a Heavy Rigid licence, it is critical that you prepare well for court. If you are in this position please read the information pages on you charge carefully (see links above) and for personal advice and assistance in court call Armstrong Legal’s experienced traffic and heavy vehicle solicitors on 1300 038 223



In NSW, traffic offences are treated seriously. Therefore, it is important to get competent legal advice as early as possible, whether you have received a penalty notice, had your licence suspended or been charged with a serious offence. Our lawyers are highly experienced and understand the difficulties you face without a licence. We can guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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