NSW police target oversize and overmass trucks
A TRUCK towing tunnel boring equipment has been intercepted by the Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce as part of Operation Arrow 6.
About 12:30am Monday Officers from the NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol Command working with NSW Roads and Maritime Service Inspectors and Investigators intercepted the truck towing a wide load consisting of a tunnel boring machine platform.
Upon inspection, police say the wide load was found to be allegedly travelling contrary to the conditions of the permit issued as it had breached dimension limits applicable to the vehicle and its load.
As the conditions of the permit had been breached the vehicle was assessed by police as being overmass and the driver's work diary was found to contain errors.
The driver was directed back to his depot at Carrington where the heavy vehicle was grounded pending rectification of the load and dimensions.
"Those operators that obtain permits to move oversize or overmass loads must ensure that they comply fully with all of the conditions," he said.
"With the demand for oversize and overmass loads to move throughout NSW and across Australia, the Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce will continue to focus on such loads for the benefit of all road users."
Roads and Maritime General Manager Compliance Operations Paul Endycott said the over dimension operators and parties who own these loads were on notice to ensure they were not travelling unsafely on NSW roads.
"The onus is on the operator as well as the driver and all other parties in the chain to ensure vehicles are loaded safely. Those who fail to do so will be targeted and may face significant penalties under Chain of Responsibility laws," he said.
NSW has the toughest heavy vehicle compliance program in Australia to ensure heavy vehicles are safe and are operated by safe companies. Unsafe business practices in an attempt to gain unfair commercial advantages over safe and complaint companies will not be tolerated.