Defective trucks cornered
THE FOURTH instalment in New South Wales authorities’ Operation Catapult series, in south-west and western Sydney, occurred in July with a series of shortfalls alleged.
More than half of the trucks inspected during a Joint Traffic Task Force operation in Sydney’s west on July 20 were found to be defective, police say. The series began in March and in this action NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol Command officers, Roads and Maritime ( RMS) Inspectors, and NSW Environment Protection Authority inspectors intercepted truck and dog heavy vehicles along the M4 at near Homebush Bay and surrounding areas.
The operation resulted in 95 truck and trailers being inspected, where: • 28 electronic speed limiters downloads were conducted, with five found to be non- compliant • 34 infringements were issued • 54 defect notices were issued for various offences. Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command says Joint Traffic Task Force operations will continue until owners and operators can ensure all trucks are compliant.
“Operation Catapult is one of many operations undertaken by the Joint Traffic Task Force in order to keep unsafe trucks and drivers off our roads,” Corboy adds.
“We work closely with Roads and Maritime and the NSW Environment Protection Authority to ensure trucks are safe and compliant.
Corboy says on one day 34 infringements were issued and 54 defect notices handed out for “trucks that are not roadworthy and a danger to all road users”.
RMS director of compliance Roger Weeks says all parties need to take positive steps to prevent mass, load restraint, dimension, and fatigue and speed offences or face fines.