RMS encouraged by non-compliance fall in recent operation


Northern NSW issues in Operation Neptune led by load restraint and speed limiters

RMS encouraged by non-compliance fall in recent operation
NSW focus on heavy vehicle safety to continue

 

The trucking industry in New South Wales has received some bouquets after a recent compliance operation in the state’s north.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has described the outcome as "encouraging" following an RMS and NSW Police traffic and highway patrol action at Pine Creek, Mount White, Moree and Glencoe, not least due to a reduction in the number of defective vehicles identified.

"While around 18 percent of vehicles intercepted as part of this operation presented defects, this represents a three per cent reduction in defects identified compared to the statewide average in the past year," an RMS spokesperson says.

"The main compliance issue identified in Operation Neptune was load restraint and around 8.5 percent of speed limiters found to be non-compliant.

"The message is starting to get through to the heavy vehicle industry, however there are those in the supply chain who continue to run the gauntlet.

"The message to rogue operators is simple – if you do not comply with the law you will be caught."

RMS notes that in the 12 months to February this year, 262 chain of responsibility charges were laid against parties in the supply chain.

Meanwhile, the focus on heavy vehicle safety will continue this year.

"Future operations will target all aspects of heavy vehicle safety, including fatigue, mass and over height vehicles," the spokesperson says.

"We will not take a step back in our efforts to protect road users in NSW and our targeted enforcement will continue to escalate to all parties in the heavy supply chain."

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