Minor defects the main problem as Operation Steel continues

Almost 200 defect notices issued as part of operation targeting heavy vehicles, with 123 notices relating to minor defects

Minor defects the main problem as Operation Steel continues
Minor defects the main problem as Operation Steel continues
December 5, 2013

Almost 200 defect notices have been issued to truck drivers in New South Wales in the first three days of an operation targeting heavy vehicle safety.

NSW Police says officers have issued 185 defects from the 301 prime movers and 216 trailers inspected as part of Operation Steel 5.

The joint initiative involving NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is targeting load restraint, vehicle standards and speed-limiter tampering and is running from Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6 throughout metropolitan Sydney.

"The operation is far from over. The NSW Police force and RMS intend to track down and remove all trucks that do not comply with the State’s road regulations," Assistant Commissioner John Hartley says.

Most of the breaches are low-level, with NSW Police saying 123 notices have been issued for minor defects.

There have been 27 major defects to date, while three trucks have been grounded. Officers have given 32 formal warnings.

Hartley says all truck drivers need to ensure their vehicle is safe.

"So far we have identified 344 mechanical faults, detected 57 breaches relating to improperly restrained loads and conducted 363 random breath tests," he says.

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