Government Lashes Out at Cowboy Operators

The NSW government has lashed out at cowboy operators following an operation across the state that inspected more than 5000 heavy vehicles.

During Operation Rolling Thunder, more than 2000 defect notices were issued in the 24 hour crackdown which was the biggest combined operation in Australia’s history.

The crackdown comes after a series of fatal crashes occurred on NSW roads over a 48 hour period in January which claimed the lives of 5 people.

Assistant Commssioner Michael Corboy said the volume of infringements discovered during this crackdown is a disgrace with many drivers testing positive for drugs (26 in total).

The Transport Workers Union has blamed the prime minister for doing away with the road safety tribunal which they said should be reinstated.

In 2017 there was a 9.4 per cent increase in truck crash fatalities nationally and in NSW there was a shocking 86 per cent spike. Find out more