Truck drivers stopped following multiple alleged breaches – Northern NSW
May 19, 2012
Two truck drivers have been stopped and investigations are continuing following alleged breaches during operations targeting truck drivers in the state’s north.
Operation DUSTY 3 2012, a joint NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services operation, was conducted from Tuesday to Thursday (15 to 17 May).
It focused on heavy vehicles to combat fatigue, speed and other heavy vehicle defects on the Pacific Highway between Tweed Heads and Ballina.
About 9pm yesterday (Thursday 17 May 2012), officers stopped a southbound B-Double at Tyagarah.
They spoke to the 34-year-old male driver before allegedly discovering a range of breaches in his work diary.
Alleged breaches included two instances where, based on calculations, the truck had exceeded the speed limit and travelled approximately 108km/h to 142km/h between Sydney and the North Coast.
Superintendent Stuart Smith, Operations Commander of the Traffic and HWP Command, said that after recent heavy vehicle operations, it is disappointing to see some drivers continue to try and flout the law.
“During Operation Austrans, which is a national heavy vehicle enforcement operation, HWP officers across NSW have detected a number of speeding events, including drivers identified for drink and drug driving. This sort of behaviour cannot continue in the industry. HWP Officers and Roads & Maritime Heavy Vehicle Inspectors will continue to work together to address such issues throughout Op.Austrans and into the future,” Superintendent Smith said.
Officers attached to Operation DUSTY are continuing investigations and the driver’s work diary has been seized for further examination.
Anyone with information that may assist Operation DUSTY officers, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.