NSW Police have Mt Gambier firm in its sights


Whether it is the subject of a NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) operation or not, Scott’s Transport looks set to face a suimilar media storm that Lennons recently has. <br /><br /> NSW Police say that at least 32 of an unnamed Mt Gambier-based transport company’s 322 trucks are being sought.

By Rob McKay | March 7, 2012

Whether it is the subject of a joint NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) operation or not, Scott’s Transport looks set to face a suimilar media storm the one that surrounded Lennons last month.

NSW Police say that at least 32 of an unnamed Mt Gambier-based transport company’s 322 trucks are being sought after one of its trucks was pulled over for speeding on Monday.

However, early media reports following a NSW Police alert have included the Scott's name and no other.

Scott’s made no comment when ATN called its Mt Gambier operation and a reply from Laverton was awaited at deadline today.

The new joint initiative has been named "Operation Overland", with the Lennons probe having
been called
"Operation Marshall".

Lennons, which is based in NSW,
was subject to an unprecdented raid, with vision lissued to the media
as the operation progressed.

"Last night, South Australia Police and the RMS were supplied company records and commenced a comprehensive analysis of the trucks’ movements through Point-to-Point and Safe-T-Cam systems," NSW Police say.

They adds that: "Police and RMS investigators have been deployed to checking stations at Mt White, Marulan, and other locations to identify and stop those heavy vehicles.

"Operation Overland is continuing.

"Today's investigations signal the start of a broader chain of responsibility investigation by RMS into the business practices of the company."

The position was not quite as clear at South Australia Police (SAPOL), however.

"SAPOL has not yet received any information from NSW police on this matter," a spokeswoman there says.

"We are awaiting on details from NSW and once we do will assess and determine if we need to take any action or assist NSW police."

A Victoria Police spokeswoman says: "This is a NSW Police operation and Victoria Police is not involved."

The number of trucks sought
in NSW could rise as investigations continue and those trucks stopped would face a "comprehensive mechanical inspection".

Operation Overland began after one of the unnamed
firm’s B-doubles was detected travelling at 142km/h on the Hume Highway at Mittagong about 5am on Monday.

A NSW Police spokeswoman says that truck’s speed limiter had not been checked at the time as highway police do not have the skills to do so.

She added that the threshold for losing a licence on the spot was 45 km/h or more over the speed limit but that the driver was likely to lose his licence for a time once his fine is paid.

Industry sources point out that the truck was likely stopped at "the dipper", a section of the highway where trucks usually pick up speed.

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