NSW police conduct further compliance audit following fatal crash

Traffic & Highway Patrol Officers, together with Roads and Maritime Services inspectors, conducted a compliance audit at a distribution company at Girraween yesterday.

The distribution company was allegedly involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian on Friday 20 May 2016 at Brookvale, NSW Police say.

Acting on information, police attended the site and conducted an inspection of a further three trucks. Two of these trucks were issued with defect notices.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said the information provided to police highlighted that the community will not tolerate unsafe trucks on our roads.

“Fortunately we were able to activate the Joint Traffic Taskforce quickly to act on the information provided, which was beneficial,” said Superintendant Hartley.

“This outcome is a clear example that where such tragedies occur on our roads, the Police and the RMS will move quickly to ensure such vehicles are both safe and compliant, which benefits not only the drivers and operators of heavy vehicles, but other road users.”

Paul Endycott, General Manager Compliance Operations at Roads and Maritime Services, has thanked the community for its help in bringing the issue to the attention of authorities.

“NSW Police Force and RMS take these issues very seriously where roadworthiness of heavy vehicles create a safety risk on our roads”.

“We have the capacity to respond immediately to address these risks. It is timely to remind registered operators that they have an obligation under the law to operate safe and roadworthy heavy vehicles.

“Operating heavy vehicles in NSW is not a right, it’s a privilege, and this is only extended to those who operate them safely. Unsafe vehicle will be found and heavy penalties will be issued,” Mr Endycott said.