Authorities target operator in NSW

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Close to 50 trucks and trailers inspected during a NSW operation on Tuesday


A heavy vehicle operator in New South Wales has been the focus of a police and highway patrol operation yesterday.

The operation, which is believed to have targeted Scott’s Transport, came as a result of its vehicles being allegedly involved in several crashes in the state, a police statement says.

Inspecting 45 trucks and trailers, Operation Sirius saw the road authorities issue 21 defect notices and 18 traffic infringement notices.

Three of the defect notices resulted in the major grounding of two trucks and a trailer, the statement says, and two of the company’s drivers were issued court attendance notices for fatigue breaches.

One truck also failed to be speed-compliant.

NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) acting general manager of compliance Paul Hayes says trucks cannot be operating with brake and seatbelt issues.

"Roads and Maritime message is clear, drivers and operators must ensure that their vehicles are safe to use and are regularly serviced and maintained," Hayes says.

"Heavy vehicles found with such serious safety faults will be removed from NSW roads until repairs are carried out and are reinspected for the safety of all road users."

Working with the RMS in the operation, NSW traffic and highway command’s acting commander and assistance commissioner Michael Corboy says both authorities will continue to work to ensure fatigue and vehicle compliance is maintained across the industry.

"We will work with the Roads & Maritime Service to ensure the industry is meeting the safety standards expected of all operators," Corboy says.

Scott’s Transport has been contacted for comment.



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