Senior police are imploring truck drivers and trucking companies to make safety their priority.
Senior police are imploring truck drivers and trucking companies to make safety their priority. Mireille Merlet-Sham

Police warn truckies of action

SENIOR NSW Police have expressed their concern that truck drivers are continuing to speed and drive dangerously despite large-scale operations targeting heavy vehicle offences.

Their warning follows dangerous incidents involving trucks on local roads during the past week.

On Saturday, a truck spilled spilt diesel along several hundred metres of the Pacific Highway after its fuel tank was ruptured near the notorious Hungry Head turn-off black spot.

Then on Wednesday, a collision between a semi trailer and a four wheel drive vehicle just 200m north of the Macksville Bridge caused traffic to back up over more than 5km.

In recent weeks, police from the Traffic and Highway Command have continued to target speeding and other driving offences by truck drivers throughout the state with at least five drivers detected travelling above 120km/h

The drivers involved in each incident were issued infringement notices for speeding and each truck was defected for the purpose of having their speed limiters checked.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Operations Manager, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said he is surprised and concerned that some truck drivers were still prepared to speed.

"During our recent heavy vehicle operations, we have inspected more than 1200 trucks and found 54 of them had allegedly tampered with their speed limiters, allowing them to travel in excess of the 100kph limit," he said.

"A further 539 infringements, breaches, defects and other issues were found.

"We have also found 10 to be driving drug affected and charged two with drug possession.

"Quite obviously, there is a small element of the industry not paying attention to our enforcement activities.

"While drivers continue to speed, we will continue to mount inspection operations.

"Be warned as we may also consider the direct targeting of the fleets and companies involved.

"We will now review these recent speeding events to determine what it is we can do with the Roads and Maritime Service to increase our inspection and enforcement activities across the state for the benefit of ensuring road safety for all drivers across NSW."



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