Police, RMS blitz reveals 'small minority' of truckies in the wrong

Joint police and RMS blitz on trucking reveals "only a small minority" of heavy vehicles are flouting road laws

May 31, 2012

A joint NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) blitz on the trucking industry has revealed "only a small minority" of heavy vehicles are flouting road laws.

Authorities targeted trucks travelling on the Newell and Pacific highways between May 8 and 26 and focused on speed, fatigue, compliance specifications and load restrains.

Conducted as part of the national Austrans campaign, police and RMS inspectors stopped 1,143 heavy vehicles and conducted 1,609 random breath tests.

NSW Police says 23 registration offences were detected and 117 speeding infringements issued. Officers handed out 14 load restrain offences and notices for 149 work diary offences.

"While there were more than 1,100 trucks stopped throughout this period, it is pleasing to see that only a small minority continue to flout the law by speeding or not ensuring loads are properly restrained," NSW Police Superintendant Stuart Smith says.

Truck drivers pulled over were cited for 152 defects and 247 traffic offences. Officers also issued 105 cautions.

Smith says Operation Austrans has been effective in minimising incidents of serious injuries and fatal crashes involving trucks.

"Our joints efforts with the RMS will continue to address the problems within the heavy vehicle industry. By detecting offences on NSW roads we will benefit all road users," Smith says.

The annual Operation Austrans will finish today and police and road agencies will review the results, which will be used to assist future road safety and heavy vehicle campaigns.

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