No let-up in NSW after latest crackdown

RMS says it is looking at chain of responsibility after yet again underlining disappointment at number of infringements uncovered, this time by Operation Delivery

November 19, 2012

The most recent compliance operation in New South Wales has resulted in 80 defect notices being issued after the inspection of 169 vehicles, police say.

As with the previous six such initiatives, Operation Delivery was a joint NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) action.

Police says the western Sydney operation, which targeted driver fatigue, speed limiter tampering, vehicle standards and mass and load restraints, also resulted in:

  • 18 Traffic Infringement Notices
  • 52 random drug tests being conducted
  • Eight speed limiter defects
  • One serious mass loading breach
  • Two major brake defects
  • One serious work diary breach
  • One driver being charged with special range PCA.

As has become common following such operations NSW Police and RMS both expressed concerns at the number and nature of the breaches identified and they pledged to continue them.".

"Much of the heavy vehicle industry is taking steps to improve road safety by ensuring speed limit compliance and vehicle standards but there continues to be an element who seemingly have little regard for their safety and the safety of other road users," RMS Director of Customer and Compliance Peter Wells says.

"The number of speeding offences which prompted this operation continues to be of concern and RMS will be looking to other parties in the chain of responsibility to identify business practices which show they are taking steps to ensure compliance."

Police Superintendent Stuart Smith, the Operations Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol, said police will continue to work closely with the RMS to improve safety and compliance within the heavy vehicle industry.

"Hundreds of defective heavy vehicles have been removed from NSW roads so far this year and we have booked numerous truck drivers for reckless and irresponsible behaviour," Smith says

"Rest assured, we will continue to conduct these operations until the small rogue element within the heavy vehicle industry comes to realise that road safety and people’s lives are more important than delivery deadlines."

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