Police, RMS operation targets trucks in northern New South Wales

NSW authorities issue multiple defect notices and infringements to truck drivers as part of joint operation.


An enforcement operation targeted at truck drivers in northern New South Wales has led to a number of defect notices and infringements being issued for a range of offences.

NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) personnel stationed themselves at the Pacific Highway and Bruxner Highway interchange at Ballina on March 2 to inspect passing trucks.

Almost 50 truck drivers were pulled over during the operation, resulting in a total of 18 defect notices being issued – eight of which were major defects relating to faulty brakes.

Inspectors grounded two trucks for major defects and ordered two truck drivers to stop work for a 24-hour period for failing to keep proper driving records.

Police issued 18 infringement notices during the operation and conducted random breath tests and vehicle searches.

One driver was charged with driving under the influence and possessing a prohibited drug.

"His vehicle was also grounded regarding faulty brakes and he was directed to cease work for not maintaining an accurate driving log," NSW Police says.

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