Authorities are cracking down on truck driver safety
NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services have today launched a new blitz targeting truck drivers codenamed Operation Delivery.
Coming a day after a fatal truck crash on the Pacific Highway near Port Macquarie, the operation started in Sydney this morning with multiple breaches detected.
The joint heavy vehicle operation is targeting driver fatigue, speed limiter tampering, vehicle standards and mass and load restraints.
Police said the launch of the new operation comes after police and RMS officers detected speeding trucks during the week.
Inquiries have since identified further compliance issues and alleged speed limiter tampering.
During the operation trucks will be inspected by police and officers from RMS at a number of locations across the state.
Drivers are also being subjected to random drug and alcohol testing and log book checks.
So far this morning police and RMS officers have stopped and inspected nine trucks in the Eastern Creek area.
Officers have also subjected 50 drivers to drug and alcohol tests.
Prior to the launch of Operation Delivery two trucks were stopped at the Marulan Heavy Vehicle Checking Station last night for being over their approved mass.
As a result both trucks were grounded with their operator forced to dispatch further trucks to remove the excess freight.
Superintendent Stuart Smith, Operations Commander of the NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol said this is the seventh heavy vehicle compliance operation this year.
"We have already detected a number of trucks which were found to be grossly overloaded and not complying with mass and load restraints," Supt. Smith said.
"These early figures are of great concern and the fact is that an overloaded truck or a truck with a poorly restrained load has the potential to be involved in a serious or fatal crash.
"There is little room for error when operating a heavy vehicle and we have seen that crashes involving heavy vehicles are far more likely to be serious with statistics showing almost 20 per cent of road fatalities involve trucks," said Superintendent Smith.
On Wednesday, a truck driver, 49, from Queensland was killed when his B-Double truck collided with the rear of a semi-trailer on the Pacific Highway at Herons Creek near Port Macquarie.
Police are investigating whether fatigue was a factor.