Truckie’s ban cut after he appeals

A WODONGA truckie caught driving a 40-tonne rig under the influence of cannabis near Dubbo in 2011 yesterday had his driving ban cut by six months.

Robert Stanley Charles, 40, of Brockley Street, had made a severity appeal to the District Court in Albury.

Charles was sentenced in Albury Local Court last month for driving under the influence of a drug on the Newell Highway, dangerous driving, failing to record particulars, failing to record an odometer reading and failing to record vehicle particulars.

Magistrate Tony Murray imposed a two-year driving ban, fined Charles $1900 and put him on two bonds.

The severity appeals heard by Judge Geoff Graham were on the driving under the influence and dangerous driving charges.

He heard trucking was the only job Charles has had and he had been unemployed since December.

Judge Graham noted Charles has ceased using drugs after an ultimatum from his partner.

Charles was disqualified for 12 months on the driving under the influence charge and 18 months for dangerous driving.

A woman had alerted police after seeing Charles’ truck on the wrong side of the highway.