Police blitz on NSW trucks uncovers safety issues


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A police blitz has found one in every two trucks being inspected by traffic authorities were defective.

According to a report by The Daily Telegraph, a total of 57 trucks were taken off the road due to defective or tampered speed limiters. Since February this year, the NSW Police force traffic and highway patrol and the RMS have launched 6 operations to target speeding, speed tampering, improper load restraint and fatigue –related offences.

One thousand three hundred seventy five trucks were inspected with 629 drivers issued with breaches, defects and infringements for different offences including speeding, exceeding working hours and failure to bring a log book.

Traffic and highway patrol commander of operations Supt Stuart Smith said they will continue to drive out rogue operators.

“There are rogue elements within the industry who are getting a competitive advantage by manipulating speed limiter systems and breaking the law in relation to other safety practices like dangerous fatigue-related behaviour such as excessive hours and drug abuse,” Supt Smith told The Daily Telegraph.

“It is clear that we need to continue running operations to ensure the industry understands the serious concerns held by the police and the community.”


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