Moits apologises for Sydney Harbour Bridge incident


Trucking firm has fleet inspected after spilling debris and closing major arterial

Moits apologises for Sydney Harbour Bridge incident
RMS general manager of compliance operations Paul Endycott

 

The company whose truck caused parts of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to close after spilling its load has apologised to those affected, as authorities carry out a fleet inspection for evidence of defects.

The rear trailer of a Moits-owned truck became unlatched on the bridge on January 22 and left a 3km trail of landfill, forcing lanes to close and affecting traffic for more than three hours in the process.

The truck driver received a notice to attend court next month, and this week the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspected the 55 trucks and trailers belonging to the respected excavation and civil works firm.

RMS general manager of compliance operations Paul Endycott says the inspections uncovered four major defects involving brake issues.

"There were a further 35 minor defects uncovered for faults including oil and fuel leaks, loose tow attachments and unreadable number plates," Endycott says.

In a post on its Facebook page, Moits says it is working with the RMS and New South Wales Police as investigations are carried out.

"We know this [incident] is unacceptable and we unreservedly apologise to all those affected. We would also like to thank the RMS, Sydney Harbour Bridge Authority and Emergency Services including NSW Police for their support," the company says.

"Moits have been in business for over 33 years and have a great track record, Moits fleet is always well maintained and records are kept up to date."

The trucking firm adds that most people understand the incident was an accident and that it is thankful for the kind words it has received on social media.

"Once again we dearly apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your patience," Moits says.

Endycott says the clean-up, which involved the use of bobcats and sweepers, was lengthy because of the amount of dirt and rocks that needed to be cleared from the traffic lanes.

The closures affected traffic heading in and out of Sydney.

"The trailer was found to have worn and faulty tailgate locks and the company was issued a defect notice," he says.

NSW Police says the truck driver was unaware the trailer latch had come undone. He stopped when police pulled him over.

 

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