More than 2,000 reasons for truck scrutiny
COMMANDER of NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said the sheer number of defects and the number of drivers testing positive for drugs, shows that there is still too many dangerous trucks on our roads.
NSW Police with the assistance of NSW Roads & Maritime Services, Victorian, Queensland, ACT, and South Australian Police Forces stopped more than 5000 trucks and issued over 2000 defects in what was Australia's largest ever heavy vehicle compliance operation.
Operation Rolling Thunder was in direct response to a two-day period from Monday 15 January to Tuesday 16 January in which three unrelated heavy vehicle crashes in NSW at Jackadgery, Cooranbong and Brocklehurst, resulted in the deaths of five people.
The operation began at 6am and concluded after 10pm last Thursday. During the operation police from all states and RMS inspectors combined:
- Stopped and inspected more than 5000 heavy vehicles
- Issued more than 2000 defect notices for a range of offences
- Tested 1752 drivers for drugs, with 26 returning positive drug tests.
"To have more than two thousand defects issued in a single day within the heavy-vehicle industry, shows that there is a lot of work to be done to ensure trucks are safe on our roads.
"The fact that we also caught 26 drivers who tested positive for drugs is just a disgrace.
"While many trucking companies and drivers are doing the right thing and operating under the right processes, these results show that there are still too many dangerous trucks and dangerous drivers on our roads.
"While the operation has concluded, our work has only just begun.
"We will be following up with companies, drivers and operators who think they are above the law and we won't stop until we can be sure that all trucks on our roads are safe for all road users,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.