On Thu, 21 Dec 2006, Richard Naylor wrote:
At 09:19 a.m. 21/12/2006 +1300, Juha Saarinen wrote:
around 1pm a truck with a large tank at the back went
through some overhead cables in Khandallah. It appears there was
substantial damage, with the cables being stretched as well as severed
and TCL may have to replace up to one kilometre of the fibre.
For Operators with layer 1 networks, this is a layer 0 problem. Either the
lines were low, or the truck was high.
From memory, the truck should be under 4.6meters and the lines should be
4.25m is the maximum height for a non-permitted vehicle, including any
attachments (such as an antenna). Don't know the exact details for class 1
and class 2 over-height load permits, but anything high enough to be
interfering with properly-strung cables definitely needs a permit.
I hope TCL caught the truckie and measured his load.
The Police do have a
road transport group, but they tend to be out of town worrying about
weight. TCL should make sure they get the Police back in town to lean on a
few truck operators. This seems to happen every 2 years, sadly.
If TCL can provide a certified measurement of the height of the truck, I
imagine CVIU will be interested. They take a dim view of vehicles
exceeding any of the dimensional rules, it's just easiest (and the most
lucrative) to catch the ones who're over-weight.
"Don't use force. Get a bigger hammer."