Finemore eet in Orange depot police inspection
Ron Finemore Transport was the subject of an inspection action by NSW authorities last month
Orange depot was the subject of an inspection action by NSW authorities last month. RTF MD Mark Parry confirmed the compliance blitz after NSW Police announced it during Operation Ghost, involving Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspectors and highway patrol police. It follows an accident involving a company B-double a few weeks ago.
“RMS and Police carried out inspections of the RFT fleet at our Orange Depot and on fleet passing through Mt Boyce and Marulan inspection stations. This was a follow-up to the single-vehicle incident involving one of our Liquids Drivers travelling on the M1 between Wyong and Sydney on June 28,” Parry says. “A total of 51 units were inspected at all three locations today. RFT received positive feedback, the inspections did identify a small number of minor defects and issues. We have commenced rectifying these and working with our drivers and supply chain partners to put in place corrective and preventative measures to deal with the matters raised.”
Regarding the accident, the company has driver safety system images and witness emails that reflect well on the driver’s response to avoid a major accident that “came about after a number of passenger vehicles in front of him braked suddenly”.
“Based on information collected from telematics and DSS we know the driver had just taken an eight-hour break, was not speeding or driving dangerously, and was not distracted prior to the incident,” Parry says.
But Police state and Parry’s statement reflects that, though both the prime mover and trailer brakes were fully operational, an air line between the prime mover and the tanker trailers had become disconnected.
“The condition of the fleet and operational practices were generally in good order,” a police statement says.
However, there were some issues found and defect notices issued, including: • Three electronic speed limiter downloads were conducted, with all three found to be compliant. • Eight infringements were issued for a
range of offences • Loading practices were found to be ineffective, with loose goods falling to the ground upon inspection.