Police raid finds 28 defective trucks


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Only one truck has passed a NSW police inspection at a transport company this week

 

New South Wales police have raided a Gerringong-based trucking company as part of Operation Rhino, finding all but one vehicle to be defective.

Coming on the back of the truck company’s involvement in a fatal crash in Engadine on Friday September 9, police say they issued defect notices for a range of faults, including brakes, oil and fuel leaks, and chassis failures, during the raid.

One vehicle in particular was the subject of a major grounded defect after it was found to have a significant fuel leak.

The results were "simply not good enough," Roads and Maritime general manager of compliance operations Paul Endycott says.

"For only one truck to pass inspection means this company has a long way to go before it comes off our radar."

"Not addressing defects which cause safety issues on the road puts all motorists at risk which is not acceptable.

"We will continue to work with the company to ensure it can raise its safety standard to the level required to operate on NSW roads."

When it came to the engine control modules, two out of the eight tested were found to have non-compliant speed limiters.

Police and highway patrol officers also seized documents related to last week’s crash.

Acting assistant commissioner David Driver says it is pivotal that companies involved in earth moving and other heavy loads, and in truck and dog trailer combinations are compliant.

"With defective trucks and non-compliant speed limiters, a driver’s ability to brake suddenly in an emergency situation becomes impossible, potentially leading to a serious injury or fatal crash," he says.

"With the road toll currently at 277, 34 more than this time last year, heavy vehicle operators, drivers, loaders, and customers, all need to ensure safety is their number one priority."

 

 

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