Finemore eet in Or­ange de­pot po­lice in­spec­tion

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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.

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