Just imagine you are the oncoming vehicle and that stuf came off and hit your windscreen or had to go bush to avoid it . They really deserved the flack they have copped . Some stupid people don't learn any other way .
Alice spring cops are pretty busy. But you can see the indentation in the road were the roof racks hit before it landed upside down . I am thinking it broke loose they heard it and it fell off the back before they could stop.
don't forget that loads like that will very likely rule out any insurance payments for vehicle damage or if involved in a crash
Overloading is not limited to the transport industry and I would think many touring/camping 4bies would be overloaded -- although not as much at this bloke . I also think this overloading will become a focus of the authorities the same way as using rope instead of damn straps has
stuff on the roof like swags, tents, jerrycans [even empty roof racks and bars] will effect fuel consumption and that effect will depend greatly on speed -- trailers will also effect fuel consumption; more or less than stuff on the roof I don't know, but a trailer would likely be a safer bet.
We were following a 80 series on the road home tonight , had a roof rack with chequer plate box on and a roof top tent on top.
Add in the 3 or 4" lift and it was swinging like a dick in the wind all over the road .
I would hate to actually take it on a track as it would tip over .