Police target gravel trucks as part of operation Corridor. Photo Contributed
Police target gravel trucks as part of operation Corridor. Photo Contributed Contributed

Police put truckies hauling rubble in Sydney on notice

TRUCKIES hauling rubble in Sydney are on notice.

This comes after an interstate truck driver was yesterday found driving whilst suspended in an overweight truck while hauling rubble in Sydney, during police operation Corridor.

Police from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command working alongside Roads and Maritime inspectors have concluded the two-day operation focussing on truck and dog trailers hauling rubble throughout Western Sydney.

Big Rigs understands that some of the trucks were working on the west rail link - which has seen operators from other states come in to help with the work load.

Now police say the results show there is a greater need for compliance within the gravel carting sector.

On Friday November 20, and again yesterday officers intercepted trucks and trailers for weighing, mechanical inspection, and driver compliance.

Throughout the two-day operation officers inspected 119 trucks and trailers revealing;

  • Three engine control modules tampered, allowing speeds between 103km/h and 115km/h;
  • 42 defect notices for 99 issues such as wheels and tyres, ancillary equipment, body and chassis, brakes, tow couplings and steering faults (36 minor, six major);
  • 13 trucks were found to be over-mass limits, and those drivers directed to reduce their loads.
  • Three trucks were detected speeding at 60km/h, and two at 55km/h, in 40km/h school zones;
  • 29 infringements issued to drivers for defects, Engine Control Module Non Compliance, licence and other offences.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said to have one truck driver, from interstate, driving whilst suspended, in an overweight truck, suggests there is a need for greater compliance within this industry sector.

"Any heavy vehicle involved in the haulage of goods, rubble, or otherwise, needs to be operated safely throughout the NSW road network," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

"The Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce is there to ensure all aspects of the transport industry are conducted safely, for the benefit of all road users.

"Those operators that over load, restrain poorly, or have unfit drivers in unsafe trucks will be the focus of future operations, all in an effort to drive down the road toll.

"The efforts of police and Roads and Maritime officers have effectively prevented serious injury or fatal crashes on our roads," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.