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NSW Police responds to truck fatality with five-day blitz

Seven court attendance notices issued from more than 150 inspections


NSW Police has reacted sternly to a fatal truck collision in the state’s mid-north coast, conducting a five-day compliance operation that saw more than 150 heavy vehicles inspected, it reports.

The collision, for which police are preparing a report to the Coroner, occurred on the Pacific Highway at Nabiac on July 26.

A 38-year-old garbage truck driver died at the scene, while a 62-year-old B-double driver was injured and taken to hospital.

The on-road response involved heavy vehicle safety inspections between August 12 and 16 on the Pacific Highway at Jones Island, conducted by officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Traffic Task Force, local police districts, and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) NSW inspectors.

RMS recently took a company to task recently over its fleet condition

“In total, 72 traffic infringement notices and defects were issued for tyres, number plate, oil leaks, and work diary offences as well as non-complaint electronic control modules (ECM),” NSW Police says in a statement.

“A total of 132 random drug tests were conducted, with one driver, a 42-year-old man, allegedly testing positive to methylamphetamine.

“Police issued seven Court Attendance Notices for fatigue breaches, recording false and misleading information in work diary, as well as one for mid-range PCA [prescribed concentration of alcohol] to a 36-year-old man.  He is due to face court at a later date.”

A case of note involved a garbage truck allegedly detected travelling 116km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Four Mile.

“The vehicle was stopped and inspected with police issuing infringement notices for exceed speed and work diary offence to the driver, a 43-year-old man. He was also issued a defect notice for a non-compliant ECM.”


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