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Nowhere to hide for rogue truck operators

November 22, 2018


In the aftermath of a serious accident where an out-of-control truck hit several cars, injuring three people including the truck driver, the New South Wales police has now sanctioned the transport company’s entire fleet.

The flatbed truck that had lost control while travelling downhill, ploughing through a Wollongong McDonald’s car park, was subsequently found to have faulty brakes.

In the day following the November 5 crash, New South Wales Police officers and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspectors found that the transport company, Hari Om Transport, had allowed two other unsafe vehicles to be driven after the serious incident.

All 10 vehicles in the company’s fleet were inspected, each receiving a defect notice for a range of issues, from defective brakes and bald tyres, to issues with seatbelts.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Julie Middlemiss of the New South Wales Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said “We will continue to work with Roads and Maritime Inspectors to inspect trucks that are on our road and issue defect notices and infringements to any owner or operator that is using an unsafe truck or dangerous driver”.

“Authorities make no apologies for issuing sanctions against drivers and operators that think it’s okay to put people’s lives at risk by cutting corners when it comes to safety,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Middlemiss said.

RMS Director of Compliance Roger Weeks said that “The results are a reminder that while most operators are doing the right thing, some are willing to risk the lives of people on our roads”.

“[W]e will continue to work with the NSW Police to weed out those who are either unwilling or unable to do the right thing … and we will continue to work with industry to ensure compliance levels can be lifted and systemic safety failures are stamped out.

“But make no mistake, if they are found to be breaching the law, Roads and Maritime will ensure they are held accountable for their actions with the full force of the law.”

“There is nowhere to hide for rogue truck operators,” Director Of Compliance Weeks said.

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