Horrifying footage has shown the driver of a giant 50 tonne road train travelling at high speed just metres behind a small SUV on a busy Melbourne freeway.
The scenes were captured by alarmed passenger, Brett, who was inside a nearby car Wednesday morning on Princes Freeway near Little River.
‘It was so dangerous, I’ve never seen anything like it on the road,’ he told Seven News.
In the video, the concerned onlooker be heard saying, ‘Oh my god, this is unbelievable,’ continuing, ‘That is scary.’
Footage shows the black Honda Jazz in the middle lane of the triple carriageway, sitting on what was believed to be the speed limit of 100km/h.
The giant vehicle is seen driving daringly close behind of the car, before swerving into the right lane to overtake it.
For that particular section of freeway, trucks exceeding the weight of 4.5 tonnes are banned from using the right lane.
A truck driver was filmed encroaching dangerously close behind a small black Honda Jazz in Melbourne on Wednesday morning
The vehicles are also restricted from travelling any faster than 100km/h.
The truckie’s driving posed great risk to surrounding drivers, according to Acting Senior Sergeant Jason Van Doren.
‘We’ve got a small vehicle, a truck weighing 45 to 50 tonnes right behind. Recipe for disaster if something goes wrong,’ he said.
Meanwhile, footage of the incident uploaded online has garnered a mixed response from social media users, with many rushing to the defense of the truck driver and saying the small car should have been in the left lane.
Footage shows the small car in the middle lane of the triple carriageway, sitting on what was believed to be the speed limit of 100km/h
The truckie’s driving posed great risk to surrounding drivers, according to Acting Senior Sergeant Jason Van Doren who said it created a ‘recipe for disaster’
‘I don’t condone what the truckie was doing but why can’t that car move to the left obviously doing under the limit as truck is limited to 100 and what a f.. up rule he can’t use the right lane has to be a Victorian rd rule,’ one wrote.
Many expressed their belief that both the car and truck driver were at fault.
‘Both drivers are in the wrong. The truck driver should not be tailgating like that but at the same time the car driver should have moved over to the left lane to allow the truck to pass considering the truck is not allowed to use the right hand lane. If the car had of been driving in the left lane the truck could have legally overtaken them,’ one wrote.
Truck drivers caught driving in the right lane between Western Ring Road and Lara on Princess Freeway can face fines of up to $350.