P-plater's $469 fine for rarely-seen offence: 'Wait.. what?'

·Associate News Editor
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A P-plater in regional NSW has stunned police with an offence rarely seen on the roads.

The driver landed himself a $469 fine for the act, while he was handed a further $275 fine for failing to display his P plates.

Police pulled the man over in Wee Waa, near Narrabri, on Thursday after noticing something peculiar about the load he was towing.

The Toyota was towing not only a trailer, but another Toyota in the middle. Source: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command - NSW Police
The Toyota was towing not only a trailer, but another Toyota in the middle. Source: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command - NSW Police

His Toyota ute was towing another Toyota, police said, but that second vehicle was also towing a large trailer with a tank loaded on.

"Wait.. what!" Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said on Facebook, sharing a photo of the A-frame the driver was using to tow the Toyota.

Police said the driver was issued a fine for towing more than one motor vehicle or trailer at once.

He also received three demerit points and a further two for his P-plate offence.

"You must ensure that the equipment you are using is suitable for the job you are undertaking," Highway Patrol said in the post.

The post quickly went viral on Sunday, with some sympathising with the driver.

"Folks do things they have to do in country areas," one person wrote.

Others said a level of discretion should have been given to the driver if they were driving carefully on a quiet road.

Last month a Canberra driver was hit with a $598 fine for transporting a mattress on the roof of their Holden Astra.

And in 2019, another Toyota driver in NSW was fined after his "unstable" load was longer than his vehicle.

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