Op Catapult 5: multiple defect notices, infringements issued

Truck and trailer blitz targets compliance shortfalls in Sydney

Op Catapult 5: multiple defect notices, infringements issued
Inspection targets dangerous trucks on the road.


New South Wales authorities have carried out the fifth instalment of Operation Catapult targeting heavy vehicle defects and non-compliance in Sydney.

NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and state Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) officers uncovered 19 defects and 15 infringements in 36 heavy vehicles inspected last week.

Authorities intercepted truck and trailers along the M4 near Homebush Bay and surrounding areas as part of the safety blitz, which is a part of series of operations that started in March this year.

The operation uncovered:

  • three non-compliant electronic speed limiters, including one truck capable of doing 129km/h
  • 15 infringements for various offences
  • six major defects including leaking brakes and hydraulic leaks and 19 defect notices were issued for various offences.

Authorities also performed random drug and alcohol tests on 47 drivers.

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Traffic & Highway Patrol Command assistant commissioner Michael Corboy says the Joint Traffic Task Force operations will continue until owners and operators can ensure all trucks are compliant.

"Operation Catapult is an ongoing operation by the Joint Traffic Task Force targeting dangerous trucks on our roads," Corboy says.

"We make no apologies for issuing infringements and defect notices to drivers and operators that think it’s okay to put people’s lives at risk by cutting corners when it comes to safety."

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