NSW raid focuses on tipper compliance

Authorities keep up pressure on firms whose trucks come to grief

NSW raid focuses on tipper compliance
A police image of bolts on the underside of a tipper


New South Wales Joint Traffic Task Force officers have inspected a number of trucks belonging to an unnamed excavation company after a truck rolled in Richmond, spilling waste onto the road.

A compliance audit of three tipper trucks and trailers was conducted at the Penrith Heavy Vehicle Inspection Station.

During the inspections, four major defect and two minor defect notices were issued for a variety of defects including fuel leakages, hydraulic oil leaks, brake imbalances, loose bolts, exposed holes in tipper bodies, a cracked chassis, and inoperative lights.

The operation came in response to a crash on Monday, when a B-double belonging to the company rolled on Lennox Street, Richmond, spilling a load of waste material onto the roadway, and causing significant traffic delays in the area.

said Joint Traffic Task Force operations are run to ensure the safety of all road users.

"Given the number of trucks that are on our roads, hauling waste and other heavy loads, it is imperative for the safety of all road users that they are safe and compliant," Traffic & Highway Patrol Command acting assistant commissioner Stuart Smith says.

"The Joint Traffic Task Force will continue to respond to any major crash involving trucks or other large vehicles to ensure those fleets are being driven, serviced, and managed safely on our roads.

"Any heavy vehicle operator, owner, or company can expect that their entire fleet will be inspected if one of their trucks is involved in crash."

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