Fleet inspected following Galston Gorge incident


Compliance check results in fines and defect notices issued to small trucking firm

Fleet inspected following Galston Gorge incident
The driver of a tipper and dog combination was fined and issued six infringement points.

 

It has been another busy couple of weeks for the New South Wales Joint Traffic Taskforce, with four incidents of oversize trucks entering the Galston Gorge reported in less than two weeks.

The police later inspected the trucks owned by a small transport operator after one of their trucks was fined for entering Galston Gorge in one of the three incidents last week.

On October 13, the driver of a tipper and dog combination was fined $2,270 and issued with six infringement points for disobeying road signage for entering the Galston Gorge on Galston Road.

Upon inspection of the vehicle, the police issued "a number of notices" to the owner "for a range of defects, including defective brakes and defective seatbelts" and a total of $2,592 in fines.

Following the incident, the police issued a notice to the owner of the truck to produce the remainder for the fleet to Wetherill Park Heavy Vehicle inspection station.

The Joint Traffic Taskforce team inspected the other two vehicles owned by the company and found:

  • one prime mover capable of doing 106 km/h, which resulted in a speed limiter defect notice
  • minor defects on second prime mover with trailer.

Meanwhile, in another incident, a truck going from Galston to Turramurra was spotted by the police travelling through the Gorge yesterday.

The driver of the 8.5m-long vehicle was fined $2,270 and issued with six infringement points, with possible suspension of registration to be considered by the Roads and Maritime Serives (RMS).

"There are numerous warning signs on the Hornsby Heights and Galston ends of the Gorge, which drivers have been choosing to ignore," NSW Traffic & Highway Patrol Command assistant commissioner Michael Corboy says.

"There are no excuses for heavy vehicle drivers ignoring signs when surrounding communities are put at risk.

"The companies involved not only run the risk of having registrations suspended, they can also expect to have their fleets inspected and notices issued if their trucks are not up to scratch."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report erroneously linked Lennons Transport Services to truck inspections and allegedly non-complaint vehicles. ATN is pleased to confirm Lennons was not the focus of this action.

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