Non-compliance still a concern as Operation Austrans rolls on

Police continue to express concern about level of non-compliance rates in the trucking industry

June 14, 2013

New South Wales Police is continuing to express concern about the level of non-compliance rates in the trucking industry, as Operation Austrans continues.

Police officers and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have inspected more than 2,800 trucks and buses during the campaign that targets the heavy vehicle sector in May and June.

Authorities in NSW have so far detected 249 speeding offences, 173 unregistered and uninsured trucks, 57 unlicensed drivers, 155 seatbelt offences, 31 positive drug tests and 3,083 other offences ranging from defects to work diary infringements, fatigue management beaches and permit issues.

"Despite having over 1,200 highway patrol officers on duty throughout Operation Stay Alert during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend to ensure motorists got to and from their destinations safely, issues concerning heavy vehicle compliance were still apparent," NSW Police Acting Superintendent Mark Crelley says.

He says he is still concerned by the large number of trucks caught speeding.

NSW Police says Austrans will continue to focus on heavy vehicle enforcement throughout Australia and New Zealand this week with police and RMS inspectors out in force.

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