NSW Police sheds light on fleet inspection


How a truck collision can lead to a compliance blitz

NSW Police sheds light on fleet inspection
An image of the collision that led to the blitz

 

NSW Police has used the example of a serious truck collision to shed light on the fleet inspection process companies may face following a public incident.

The case in point relates to a heavy vehicle colliding with the rear of another on the Great Western Highway in Blaxland in May.

"There were no injuries as a result of the collision but it did cause significant delays due to the damage sustained to both vehicles," NSW Police’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command notes.

"A Notice to Produce was served on the operator involved to produce their fleet for inspection at the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) station at Bathurst on Tuesday 18th June." 


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A fleet of 12 trucks and trailers were inspected, and a further 29 random breath tests and 26 random drug tests were also conducted.

Nine diary/record-keeping offences, one minor load restraint breach, one minor fatigue breach, leading to a total of seven formal warnings and minor defect notices (relating to brakes, body/chassis, oil leaks and ancillary equipment) issued to the company.

Ten engine control module downloads found all vehicles to be compliant.

One positive oral fluid test for methamphetamine and cannabis was detected from the other company involved.

NSW Police spokesperson Phillip Brooks explains the course of action represents enforcement’s compliance "methodology".

"In events such as [this], we will move into the fleet to ensure the safety of not only those trucks and trailers, but for the benefit of all road users."

 

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