Crash sparks NSW operator inspection

A mechanical failure that caused a crash in early October has seen the operator targeted

Crash sparks NSW operator inspection
The operator's vehicles were put through their paces at two RMS stations on Friday.


The New South Wales police have confirmed a third transport company was inspected last week, with authorities examining 27 vehicles and trailers at two safety stations on Friday.

Joined by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspectors, the NSW police used the RMS Safety Stations at Wetherill Park and Mt White to find 14 minor defects, three major defects, and a number of diary, work visa and registration breaches.

The audit stems from an accident on the M7 motorway in the Sydney suburb of Prestons where mechanical failure saw a truck and trailer jack knife on an exit ramp.

The October 4 incident blocked two north-bound lanes of traffic for close to two hours.

During Friday’s compliance inspection, the police say the 14 minor defects were attributed to "engine oil leaks, dark window tinting, exhaust leaks, inoperative brake and driving lights, brake air leaks, broken and missing springs along with inoperative turning lights on trailers."

The major defects were "in relation to cracked brake drums and discs, air leaks, excessive rod movements relating to brakes, diff oil leaks, and non-compliant window tinting," the police say.

In a variety of other issues found, authorities say a minor weight breach notice was issued to one driver, interstate registration breaches saw three drivers issued notices, and ten work diary infringements were handed out.

Further investigations into vehicles registrations will be conducted, the police say.

Immigration authorities were also contacted in regards to two drivers from the company, who the inspectors say were in breach of their work visa conditions.

"To have this company involved in a crash resulting from mechanical failure, and for further non-compliance to be identified suggests much more needs to be done by the operator in order to be compliant on our roads," Traffic and highway patrol command acting commander and assistant commissioner Michael Corboy says.

"With the road toll currently at 314, 34 more than this time last year, heavy vehicle drivers, operators, companies, and all other road users need to accept responsibility for their behaviour on our roads."

The inspection is the third for the week, after an operator was examined on Tuesday and another on Thursday.



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