The joint NSW Police and RMS crackdown on the state's heavy vehicle fleet continues.
The joint NSW Police and RMS crackdown on the state's heavy vehicle fleet continues.

Blitz on truckies rolls-on

ROGUE truckies remain in the sights of the joint NSW heavy vehicle taskforce with more inspections this week on travelling heavy vehicle fleets.

Codenamed Operation Explorer, the latest crackdown again enforced safety compliance on highways and freeways and ran from Sunday through to noon today.

The joint taskforce involving the NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Maritime Services was formed after a number of semi-trailers were caught speeding.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Inspector Phillip Brooks said there are still concerns about safety compliance across the industry.

"There have been some disappointing results in the four major operations we have conducted this year, but it looks like safety compliance is becoming a priority in the transport industry," Inspector Brooks said.

"Operation Explorer is part of our ongoing investigations into speeding, speed tampering and fatigue related offences within the industry and we will continue to work closely with RMS to track down and remove trucks that do not comply with the regulations we have in place.

Operation Explorer resulted in;

• 2 speed limiter compliance notices issued

• 110 infringements issued

• 3 major defect notices issued for a steer tyre defect, tyre chords exposed and oil leak

• 68 minor defect notices issued for brake faults, tyre faults, light faults, mud flaps, axle compliance issues, windscreen cracks and other body mount issues

• 58 breaches issued by RMS

• 1 license suspension notice issued

• 9 Court Attendance Notices issued for not carrying a log book, false and misleading entries and exceeding working hours

Over the four operations Discovery, Marshall, Overland and Explorer, a total of 1092 trucks have been inspected, resulting in; 50 speed limiter compliance notices issued and 465 further infringements including mechanical defects and log book, fatigue and licence issues.



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