A compliance inspection held by officers from the NSW police traffic and highway command and the Road and Maritime Services (RMS) resulted in one company being issued 2 major defect notices.
The Sydney based trucking company is contracted to work on the WestConnex project and is based at Martin Road, Badgerys Creek.
According to reports, officers escorted 2 truck and trailer combinations to the Wetherill Park heavy vehicle station for further inspections.
Officers detected major brake defects on one of the trucks, and issued it with a red label. The truck also had faulty tyres and a non-compliant speed limiter.
The other heavy vehicle was also issued with a major defect notice for a major brake air leak.
NSW Police and traffic authorities said tampering with speed limiters and neglecting truck safety was risking the safety of everyone on the road, and this would not be tolerated. Police have vowed to continue raids on heavy vehicle operators to make our roads safer.
“Tampering with speed limiters and cutting corners with truck safety, puts all road users at risk,” NSW police traffic & highway patrol command superintendent Stuart Smith says.
“We make no apologies grounding trucks and issuing fines in order to make the roads safe for others.”
Earlier in the month a driver from the trucking company was issued with an infringement notice for tampering with the truck’s speed. That infringement notice led to the entire company’s fleet being inspected. The truck, a tipper and dog, was discovered by police on Forrester Road, St Marys with an ability to travel at a top speed of 159km/h.
The seriousness of defective brakes on this type of vehicle was highlighted by RMS head Paul Endycott. He explained,
“Operating a heavy vehicle of this type, a tipper truck pulling a dog trailer, with defective brakes can only lead to one outcome,” RMS GM compliance operations Paul Endycott says.
“This is totally unacceptable and shows the culture surrounding some in the industry sector.
“That is why we are here and our task is to remove these vehicles from our road for the protection of others using the network.
“Roads and Maritime will continue to work closely with the NSW police highway patrol and all parties involved in the supply chain to ensure transport activities are safe and do not pose stupid and unnecessary risk to others on the road.”
Maintenance and compliance issues for heavy vehicles working across Sydney’s construction sites were raised last year by NSW Roads and RMS statewide operation manager, Brett Patterson.