Coffs Harbour plays major part in sting on rogue truckers

COFFS Harbour has played a major role in the NSW Police Force and Roads and Maritime Services handing out plenty of notices to truck drivers.

Highway Patrol Command officers and Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce members caught nearly every heavy vehicle travelling Northern NSW in a 52 hour operation that saw 184 defect notices, 240 traffic infringements and 30 breach notices issued to heavy vehicles inspected during Operation North Canuck.

Heavy Vehicle Inspectors based themselves at the Pacific Hwy weigh bridge at Pine Creek from 6pn on Sunday as well as other locations such as Pacific Hwy, Grafton, New England Hwy at Kankool and the Newell Hwy at Moree.

Of note, the Electronic Control Modules (ECM) of 304 trucks were downloaded, leading to police discovering that the speed limiters of 32 trucks - one in ten of those checked - had been illegally tampered with.

Each of the 32 vehicles have been grounded for further inspection.

Operations Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said tampering with a truck's speed limiter allows the vehicle to travel at higher speeds than the 100km/h speed limit.

"In one case, we discovered a truck with an illegal setting, allowing the vehicle to travel at speeds of up to 150km/h," Supt Smith said.

"Quite simply, a truck travelling at 150km/h is an absolute recipe for disaster.

"The state-wide speed limit for trucks on all NSW roads is 100km/h. Any truck with a doctored speed limiter, enabling the vehicle to travel in excess of 100km/h, is a very real threat to the lives of other road users."

Supt Smith added that despite seeing a marked reduction in the number of speeding trucks on NSW roads over the last two years, there was still a rogue element within the industry that was putting deadlines and profits ahead of people's safety.

"Over the last two years, police and RMS have worked hard to remove speeding trucks from our roads," he said.

"We have seen some excellent results to date, and there was a marked reduction in the number of trucks detected speeding in 2012 when compared to 2011.

"However, the results of Operation North Canuck clearly demonstrate that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

"We have seen the shocking devastation one speeding truck can cause and want to assure the people of NSW that we will continue to work with RMS Inspectors to get dangerous trucks and truck drivers off our roads."

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