NSW authorities extend focus on trucks


NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) will broaden the attention of their truck safety activities to include those using the Pacific Highway. <br /><br /> While police say Operation National Route One, which will run from March to June, is aimed at all drivers – “focusing on the enforcement of speeding, drink-driving and other unsafe driving behaviours such as fatigue” − special mention is made of heavy vehicles.

By Rob McKay | March 9, 2012

NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) will broaden the attention of their truck safety activities to include those using the Pacific Highway.

While police say Operation National Route One, which will run from March to June, is aimed at all drivers – "focusing on the enforcement of speeding, drink-driving and other unsafe driving behaviours such as fatigue" - special mention is made of heavy vehicles.

"In addition, NSW Police Force and RMS will be targeting heavy vehicle safety, with particular attention to speeding, speed limiter tampering and driver fatigue," police say.

Officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will conduct extensive patrols of the Pacific Highway from Hexam north to the state border.

"All motorists have a responsibility to themselves – and to all other road users – to obey the speed limit and drive responsibly," the Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, says.

While reiterating that Operation Marshall, relating to Lennons, and Operation Overland, which focused on Scott’s, were both "unprecedented", a spokesman for NSW Police tells ATN that there is no over-arching operation aimed at the trucking industry.

However, there has been a "concerted focus" on individual trucking firms, sparked when trucks brake road rules and based on "further intelligence" that more attention on the company involved might be warranted.

He says similar treatment would affect companies flouting the rules : "If they are found to be in breach, they would be crazy not to think that."

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