NSW continues campaign against speeding truck drivers


Police vow to maintain focus on trucking as Operation Steel 5 and routine enforcement activities nab speeding drivers

NSW continues campaign against speeding truck drivers
NSW continues campaign against speeding truck drivers
December 4, 2013

New South Wales Police will continue its campaign against elements of the trucking industry in the wake of recent high-level speeding incidents this month.

Officers attached to Operation Steel 5, which runs from December 2 to December 6 throughout metropolitan Sydney targeting load restraint, vehicle standards and speed-limiter tampering, detected a truck with a limiter set to a top speed of 152km/h.

The detection followed routine enforcement activities on the Hume Highway on December 1 that nabbed a truck near Mittagong going 120km/h.

Officers then caught a B-double near Jugiong hitting 115km/h, and another B-double reaching 122km/h near Kyeamba on December 2.

"Police are disturbed by the number of heavy-vehicle drivers who continue to ignore laws relating to speeding, along with the measures designed to prevent them from doing so," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner John Hartley says.

"The year may be winding down, but police will continue to target heavy-vehicle drivers and operators state-wide, ensuring they comply with rules that are designed to save lives."

Operation Steel 5 is a joint initiative between the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and NSW Police and will run until 2pm on December 6.

NSW Police says there is a particular focus on trucks carrying freight containers, scrap metal, and trailers with side curtains.

By 1pm yesterday, officers and RMS inspectors had checked 147 prime movers and 102 trailers since Operation Steel 5 began.

NSW Police says 88 defect notices and 62 infringement notices have been issued to date, while authorities have identified 166 mechanical defects and 27 load restraint breaches.

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