A POTENTIALLY dangerous truck and its driver pulled over at Pine Creek Safety Station have been made an example of by the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner John Hartley.
Assistant Commissioner Hartley said it was fortunate the truck, which was inspected as part of Operation Impact on Wednesday, was identified and taken off our roads.
"A truck in this condition presents real risks for the safety of other road users," he said.
"The driver, and operator, should not take their business or our roads for granted,
"By taking out defective trucks, trailers and drug drivers, we reduce the amount of risk on our roads that lead to serious injury and fatal crashes."
The driver of the truck, a 52-year-old man, was given a major red label defect, resulting in his truck being towed.
He was also issued an infringement notice for use on road vehicle that is unsafe. The operator of the truck was also issued an infringement notice for, permit to be used on road a heavy vehicle that is unsafe.
A joint task force comprised of Traffic and Highway Patrol command officers and Roads and Maritime Inspectors have completed Operation Impact, which focuses on heavy vehicle compliance, in the Pine Creek, Eden and Bega areas.
Roads and Maritime General Manager Compliance Operations Paul Endycott said it was disappointing there are a few heavy vehicle drivers and operators putting lives at risk.
"Not only are these drivers and operators risking the reputation of their business and their livelihoods, they are putting every road user at risk and Roads and Maritime and NSW Police will not tolerate this behaviour,” he said.
Operation Impact ran between June 20 - 22 and identified:
- 918 trucks and trailers were intercepted
- 122 defects were applied for 303 identified faults which included brakes, suspension, body and chassis, oil and fuel leaks, steering, wheels and tyres, and exhaust and noise
- 22 defects were major requiring immediate rectification
- 96 defects were minor allowing future repairs pending further inspection
- Out of 34 engine control module downloads on trucks, 7 were found to be non compliant, allowing speeds over 100kph
- Out of 1008 random breath tests there were no positive results
- Out of 365 random drug tests, 17 drivers returned positive results, which included a 25 year old female provisional driver, with her 10 month old son in the vehicle. She was banned from driving for 24 hours, and issued infringements for not complying with conditions in driving a manual vehicle, and not displaying P plates
- 185 infringements and 16 court attendance notices were issued for various licence, registration, load and fatigue offences
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said the 'Joint Taskforce' operations were focussed on compliance, through enforcement, for the benefit of all road users.