Majority of trucks compliant during first week of Austrans

More than 11,400 heavy vehicles were put under the microscope in NSW during the first week of Operation Austrans

May 29, 2013

More than 11,400 heavy vehicles were put under the microscope in New South Wales during the first week of Operation Austrans.

NSW Police and officers from the Roads and Maritime Services intercepted 11,369 articulated, rigid and B-double trucks and 121 road trains. Authorities also stopped 257 coaches and buses for compliance checks.

The majority of those pulled over were compliant, with police issuing 79 infringements for speeding, 63 for not wearing seatbelts, 20 for using a mobile phone while driving, 275 for work diary offences, 164 defects, and 627 other offences.

RMS officers took action on 1,370 matters concerning various traffic offences including load restraint, vehicle mass, defects and registration.

"Whilst the heavy vehicle transport is vital for the economy, it must be done safely for the benefit of all road users," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner John Hartley says.

"Given the significant police presence on NSW roads, enforcement on all other vehicles has included 4,197 traffic related infringement notices, 2,908 for speeding, 180 for restraint offences and 404 charges for a range of other offences."

Running throughout the months of May and June, Operation Austrans targets heavy vehicle compliance and involves police and transport departments from Australia and New Zealand.

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