Notices for fleet and owner follow fatal M4 crash


NSW Police note worn tyres, defective brakes, and worn suspension

Notices for fleet and owner follow fatal M4 crash
A NSW Police image of some of the fleet involved with identifying markings obscured

 

A compliance inspection has followed Wednesday’s fatal collision of a truck and dog combination and a motorcyclist on Sydney’s M4.

According to New South Wales Police, Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, Roads and Maritime Service, and the Environment Protection Authority inspectors examined eight combinations in an unnamed tipper truck company’s fleet including the accident vehicle at the Wetherill Park Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station

Defects were issued including for worn tyres, defective brakes, and worn suspension.

Officers also issued three infringements to the owner for permitting defectives trucks to be driven.

Police will allege the truck involved in the crash on the M4 was one of the trucks inspected and was issued a "major red defect notice" for defective brakes.

Superintendent Stuart Smith, of Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, says police will continue these types of operations to ensure that all heavy vehicles are safe on our roads.

"While the investigation into this matter is ongoing, our focus is to ensure that those involved in operating, loading, or driving truck and dog trailers on our roads, are doing so safely," Smith says.

"In this instance, we have inspected a small fleet, finding worn tyres and shock absorbers, faulty brakes, air leaks, and other defects, which is unacceptable.

"This outcome should highlight the need for those involved in various projects throughout NSW, to ensure all of their trucks are safe and fully compliant, and that their drivers are fit to operate them.

"Heavy vehicle companies in this state can be assured of one thing – if your vehicles are involved in a major incident on NSW roads, task force officers will be on your doorstep soon after.

"Every driver, rider, cyclist, and pedestrian need to consider how they use our roads, and make it home safely to their loved ones,"

 

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