Food distribution trucks targeted in compliance operation in T&HWP

Traffic & Highway Patrol Officers, together with Roads and Maritime Services inspectors, conducted an operation targeting a food distribution company today, NSW Police say.

The company was allegedly involved in a recent fatal traffic collision at Brookvale, prompting police to conduct an audit of their Girraween business.

At 6am today, police attached to the Joint Traffic Task Force in company with RMS inspectors, attended three locations in Tamworth, Griffith and Newcastle to conduct an audit on heavy vehicles and trailers.

As a result, officers inspected 135 heavy vehicle units and issued 25 traffic infringement notices, found five non-compliant engine control modules, allowing speeds over the 100km/h limit, and issued 35 defect notices defective lights, tyres and brakes.

A man was arrested in Tamworth on an outstanding warrant and a vehicle was de-registered for a major defect.

Commander of the State’s Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said similar operations will continue to ensure compliance across the industry.

“Operators, companies, and distributors should expect us to carry out these operations regularly and the community should expect that unsafe practices will be stopped and offending trucks taken off the roads,’ Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

Roads and Maritime Services General Manager Compliance Operations Paul Endycott said the company has a duty to ensure its heavy vehicles and its sub contractor’s fleet is compliant with road transport laws and meets all checks and balances.

“Roads and Maritime will now meet with the company’s executives to discuss the disappointing findings to ensure there is a vast improvement to its compliance standards,” Mr Endycott said.

“NSW continues to lead the way with the toughest and most active heavy vehicle enforcement regime.

“It is only a small number of drivers, operators, and companies that continually do the wrong thing which is why our joint work is important in both ensuring, and enforcing, heavy vehicle compliance on our roads.”

Investigators continue their inquiries into the fatal traffic collision at Brookvale on Friday 20 May 2016, and are appealing for public assistance from anyone who witnessed the incident.

Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Allambie Heights that day, particularly if anyone saw anything suspicious.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stopers.