The results of Operation Shield are in, and they show that rogue heavy vehicle operators are continuing to put lives at risk and give truckies a bad name.
This heavy vehicle compliance action was a week-long operation where Roads and Maritime Services inspected 10,302 heavy vehicle units and detected 119 fatigue law breaches in NSW. Officers also issues 926 defect and 257 infringement notices.
Roads and Maritime Director of Compliance Roger Weeks said while most truckies are doing the right thing, some are willing to risk the lives of people on our roads.
“The number of fatigue law breaches as well as the defects detected and other infringements issued means there is still more work to be done to tackle the rogue operators who give the industry a bad name,” Mr Weeks said.
Mr Weeks said while 86 per cent of vehicles and drivers are fully compliant, there are a number who are doing the wrong thing.
“However, the serious nature of problems found in the remaining 14 per cent shows that more needs to be done to drive improved compliance outcomes for the industry.
In this operation, six drivers were directed to take rest breaks of either seven or 24 hours because they represented a critical risk on the road.
“At Hay, in south west NSW, a driver was found to have only had a four hour break in a 24 hour work period while another driver had not had a day off in over a week.
“While in northern NSW, a driver tried to lie to inspectors, claiming he was resting at the Puma service station in Kempsey but a Safe-T-Cam detected his vehicle 91 kilometres away.
“Additionally, inspectors discovered eight speed limiters that failed our tests, with the worst allowing the truck to travel up to 123 kilometres per hour.
“In another instance, a truck in Western Sydney was found to be towing a load that was 850kg over the vehicle’s prescribed limit in addition to having no brakes on the trailer, which is an absolute disgrace.
“All of these examples are a serious incident waiting to happen, which is why we will continue to work with the NSW Police to weed out those who are either unwilling or unable to do the right thing.
“Safety will always be our highest priority and we will continue to work with industry to ensure compliance levels can be lifted and systemic safety failures are stamped out,” Mr Weeks said.
Transport agencies from other states conducted similar operations.