De­fec­tive trucks cor­nered

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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.

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