TRAFFIC and Highway Patrol Command officers have completed a campaign focusing on the transportation of dangerous goods in Newcastle.
Officers from the command alongside Environment Protection Authority personnel were out in force in the Newcastle Industrial District to ensure vehicles carrying dangerous goods were doing so based on legal standards.
The two-day operation, completed yesterday (Wednesday, September 2, 2015), conducted 28 inspections and found two vehicles in major breach.
On Tuesday (September 1, 2015), a vehicle was stopped containing residues from dangerous goods.
The EPA will make further enquiries to determine the appropriate regulatory action. On Wednesday, a bulk fuel tanker was stopped for non-compliance offenses.
Inspection of the vehicle revealed several faults, including out-of-date fire extinguishers.
Police issued a prohibition notice to not transport dangerous goods and the vehicle will be de-registered for carrying dangerous goods.
The EPA will make further enquiries to determine the appropriate regulatory action.
Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said police will always be on the lookout for any non-compliant vehicles.
"Regardless of the sector of the heavy vehicle industry involved, police will work with other agencies to ensure road safety.
Dangerous goods need to be managed carefully, and in full compliance of regulations.
Operators putting their staff, customers, and other road users at risk can expect similar operations in the future," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
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