NSW Police Launch Operation StateTrans

Release date: 4/05/2016

Big Rigs, 4 May 2016

More than 3000 truck and trailers have been inspected in the first few days of Operation stateTrans.

The joint NSW Police and RMS crackdown on the state's heavy vehicle fleet continues.
New South Wales Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Maritime Services have joined to undertake the operation, which will run until the end of May.
A NSW Police media spokeman said this operation was separate to the national Austrans Operation which also usually runs for a month in May.
Heavy vehicle compliance Inspectors intercepted 3260 trucks and trailers in the first two days of Operation StateTrans.
The officers issued 247 with defects, and a further 79 infringement notices and 55 breach and Court attendance notices to drivers for various offences.
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, said the month-long StateTrans operation was about ensuring the safety of heavy vehicle operators, drivers, and importantly, other road users.
"With significant infrastructure projects underway across NSW, those involved in carting spoil or machinery need to ensure that safety is the main priority.
"Sadly, poor driver behaviour, maintenance, loading, and speeding have led to heavy vehicle fatal crashes and serious injuries on our roads, which Operation StateTrans will focus on.
"Police will also focus on cross border activities, making sure that interstate registered trucks and trailers are compliant with NSW laws. If not, interstate police and road agencies will be alerted and those operators will be subject to further compliance and enforcement," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
Roads and Maritime General Manager Compliance Operations Paul Endycott said targeted operations would continue to identify repeat offenders and penalties would be issued until the message got through.
"It is not acceptable to have trucks on the road which are unsafe, posing a significant risk to other road users.
"We will continue to work with NSW Police and other state road agencies to ensure operators are targeted and hit with the full force of the law," Endycott said.
Officers also conducted 89 Engine Control Module Downloads, 23 of which were found to have been tampered with to allow speeds over the 100kph limit for heavy vehicles on NSW roads.
  • About 7.15am Monday, police were called to Healey Circuit, Huntingwood following reports a man was allegedly driving a heavy combination vehicle and appeared to be under the influence of an illicit substance. Other heavy vehicle operators alerted police and were attempting to prevent this driver from leaving the area.
  • On arrival officers approached the man who was allegedly seated in the truck with the ignition running. The driver was subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a negative result.
  • A sobriety assessment was conducted on the driver and given observations and other information provided at the scene the driver was arrested for the purpose of a blood and urine test to determine if the driver was under the affects of any illicit drugs. Officers will also allege that a search of the heavy vehicle allegedly located a used syringe under the rear cabin bed.
  • Also about 9:30am Monday, police stopped a truck and dog trailer combination carrying bricks on the Prospect Hwy at Pemulwuy.
  • Upon inspection, the truck was found to be overweight, and being used despite the registration being cancelled.
  • The truck was also found to have defective brakes, and missing brake lights and mud flaps. As a result the driver, a 66 year-old-male from Parramatta, was issued a number of infringement notices.
  • About 4.30pm yesterday, officers subjected a heavy vehicle driver to a random breath test on Pitt Town Road at Kenthurst which allegedly returned a positive result of 0.163.
  • The man was arrested and charged with high-range PCA, unlicensed for class, drive motor vehicle not carry licence and disobey no trucks (GVM) sign. He was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice to appear in Parramatta Local Court on June 15.

Operation StateTrans, a multi state police and road agency operation, will continue throughout the month of May. 

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