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Heavy vehicles inspected on Hwy

Police and RMS heavy vehicle inspectors have combined this month for Operation ‘Dusty 3 2012’.
Police and RMS heavy vehicle inspectors have combined this month for Operation ‘Dusty 3 2012’.

POLICE have been involved in a joint operation with the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) heavy vehicle inspectors to ensure road safety involving heavy vehicles on the Pacific Hwy.

As part of national campaign 'Austrans', Traffic and Highway Command officers conducted Operation 'Dusty 3 2012' inspecting heavy vehicles along the Pacific Hwy heading toward the Queensland border.

The operation has been conducted this month and focussed on ensuring road safety involving heavy vehicles targeting speed, fatigue, compliance specifications and load restraints.

During the operation police and RMS inspectors stopped 1143 heavy vehicles.

Police conducted 1609 random breath tests, detected 23 registration offences, issued 117 infringements for speeding, detected 149 log book offences, 14 restraint offences, 152 defects, 105 cautions and issued another 247 traffic offences.

One of the worst offenders saw a truck off the road and its driver charged at Chinderah after police discovered the B-double was unregistered and had 12 bald tyres.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Superintendant Stuart Smith said that the officers involved in this joint operation were committed to ensuring heavy vehicle safety and compliance throughout Operation Austrans.

"While there were more than 1100 trucks stopped throughout this period, it is pleasing to see that only a small minority continue to flout the law by speeding or not ensuring loads are properly restrained," Supt Smith said.

"I receive daily reports of major incidents involving trucks including fatal crashes and those causing serious injury. This operation has been effective in minimising such events.

"Our joints efforts with the RMS will continue to address the problems within the heavy vehicle industry. By detecting offences on NSW roads we will benefit all road users."

The National Operation Austrans finishes tomorrow.

Topics:  heavy vehicle, pacific highway, truck, vehicle inspectors


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