Operation Overland finds litany of breaches say police


NSW Police say they have issued defect notices on 25 heavy vehicles and found six to have speed limiter breaches, as part of Operation Overland launched yesterday. <br /><br /> Operation Overland, the second such joint operation with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) aimed at trucking firms after Operation Marshall tackled Lennons, appears to be focused on Scott’s Transport, though police would only describe the target as a Mr Gambier company with 322 trucks.

By Rob McKay | March 8, 2012

NSW Police say they have issued defect notices on 25 heavy vehicles and found six to have speed limiter breaches, as part of Operation Overland launched yesterday.

Operation Overland, the second such joint operation with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) aimed at trucking firms after Operation Marshall tackled Lennons, appears to be focused on Scott’s Transport, though police would only describe the target as a Mr Gambier company with 322 trucks.

Investigators from NSW Police and RMS were deployed to checking stations at Mt White, Marulan, and other locations yesterday.

Investigators identified 60 of the company’s 322-strong fleet of heavy vehicles for interception and mechanical inspection.

To date, 32 vehicles have been stopped and examined, and resulted in:

  • Six speed limiter breaches
  • Three vehicles grounded
  • 25 defects issued
  • One overload offence
  • 15 fatigue-related offences
  • One person detected allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.

Investigators identified 60 of the company’s 322-strong fleet of heavy vehicles for interception and mechanical inspection.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol’s commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, says the last charge related to the driver of a heavy vehicle which was stopped by Gundagai Highway Patrol about 3.15pm yesterday.

"We will allege as well as driving while drug-affected, the driver had also committed numerous fatigue-related offences," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

RMS Director Customer and Compliance Peter Wells said investigators will also allege the truck was modified to allow it to exceed the 100km/h speed limit.

"We will continue investigations into the remainder of the identified vehicles in coming days for possible compliance issues including speed-limiter tampering," Mr Wells said.

"Investigations will continue until all 60 vehicles identified are inspected. All compliance issues will be looked at. A full report will be provided once these inspections have been completed."

"The company is co-operating with RMS and NSW Police," Wells says.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley sys trucks could be ordered from the road for safety reasons if there are compliance issues or serious safety defects.

"However, any vehicles found with defects will be ordered from the road until they are again compliant.

"RMS works with national transport agencies and interstate road authorities on heavy vehicle compliance issues.

"The message is clear – if drivers or operators do the wrong thing, they will be targeted," Hartley says.

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