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NSW authorities unhappy with Operation Logan results

Police highlight speed tampering and failed drug tests as chief concerns from operation targeting heavy vehicle industry

 

Authorities in New South Wales have expressed disappointment with the results of an operation targeting the trucking industry in the north of the State.

Operation Logan that involved NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) wrapped up on April 4 following three days of focusing on speed, drugs, fatigue and load management.

The agencies conducted compliance checks, 1,367 random breath tests and 1,105 drug tests at various locations throughout Moree, Glencoe, Pine Creek and 12 Mile Creek.

“Of most concern for the joint heavy vehicle taskforce was 34 trucks out of 411 that were closely examined were found to have been tampered to allow speeding over 100km/h on our roads. This is totally unacceptable,” NSW Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith says.

“Of further concern were 18 drivers out of 1,105 testing positive for driving while under the influence of a drug.”

RMS Director of Safety and Compliance Peter Wells says the results from Operation Logan will now be analysed for the benefit of chain of responsibility prosecutions.

“For the few people doing the wrong thing, they must stop or face the consequences – drugs, trucks and speed limiter tampering do not mix,” Wells says.

“These operations are necessary to ensure both the efficiency and safety of the freight industry across NSW.”

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