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Linfox and Finemore give NSW industry engagement tick

Police and RMS give first-hand view of compliance operation at Marulan


Two leading industry executives have given the thumbs up after a recent ‘industry engagement day’ at the Marulan truck stop.

Craig Olsson, group manager compliance (Asia Pacific) for Linfox, says it was a significant opportunity for the heavy vehicle industry throughout Australia.

“For Linfox executives to be exposed to roadside enforcement not only reinforces our positive working relationship with the NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Service, it also reinforces our commitment to heavy vehicle safety and compliance Australia wide, ” Olsson said.

Ron Finemore Transport MD Mark Parry says the engagement day was “a great opportunity to see how police and the RMS work together”.

The executives gained frontline access to joint taskforce operations.

During their time at Marulan, officers conducted 33 random breath and drug tests and will allege one heavy vehicle driver tested positive to amphetamines.

That driver was given a notice prohibiting him from driving for 24 hours, and further legal action is pending.

Officers issued 22 infringements to drivers for fatigue, load restraint, work diary and failing to enter safety station offences.

One truck was identified with a non-compliant speed limiter with a setting of 105.3km/h and it was defected and grounded.

RMS compliance operations general manager Paul Endycott believes the engagement day is an important step for the heavy vehicle industry.

“While this was the first opportunity to expose two of the biggest operators in the country to our joint enforcement capability, it certainly won’t be the last,” Endycott says.

“Our commitment to improve road safety is paramount, we are pleased these senior executives were able to see firsthand NSW Police and Roads and Maritime officers working closely together to ensure the safety of not only heavy vehicle drivers, but the safety of all road users.”

Police superintendent Stuart Smith sees value in industry executives seeing how the taskforce goes about its daily work.

“While our joint enforcement programs are important for road safety, engagement and education is even more important for the benefit of industry wide compliance,” Smith says.

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