OFFICERS from the Joint Traffic Taskforce have charged four truck drivers and issued over 23 infringements in a crack down on dangerous heavy vehicles in Western Australia.
The Joint Traffic Taskforce - including NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services - targeted non-compliance of vehicle and loading standards, as well as drug and alcohol testing of drivers.
Operation Impact three targeted non-compliance of vehicle and loading standard in the Daroobalgie area.
As a part of this operation Joint Traffic Taskforce detected four truck drivers; who had severely exceeded their allowed working hours. Officers also detected 11 unregistered trucks.
The dangers of non-compliance with loading standards was highlighted, police stopped a Volvo B-double on Newell Highway in Darrobalgie.
Inspections of the vehicle revealed a 200 litre barrel had ruptured, with the substance having leaked along the length of the truck and all over the roadway nearby Police and RMS Inspectors.
The Joint Traffic Taskforce also discovered further load restraint breaches with other goods being transported in the truck.
HAZMAT personnel from the Fire & Rescue NSW and Rural Fire Service volunteers attended to deal with the spill.
As a result of this the truck was inspected and several defect notices were issued to the 57-year-old driver.
Inquires are continuing in conjunction with the Roads and Maritime Services into possible further offences.
The road surface is expected to require extensive repair work.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Assistant Commissioner John Hartley warns truck driver to get their acts together or prepare to face prosecution.
"It has been a poor week for industry with other instances of unregistered and overloaded trailers, non compliance of permits. He warns truck driver to get their acts together or prepare to face prosecution. "
"The Joint Traffic Taskforce is there to ensure that heavy vehicles are safe on our roads."
"The Taskforce should not be doing the work of owners and operators in ensuring proper load management and vehicle compliance. What we will do is take action against those that continue to fail themselves, their staff, and other road users."
"Recent heavy vehicle fatal crashes and court outcomes should serve as a warning to those drivers, owners, operators, and all of those in the supply chain as to what the consequences can be."
"We need the industry to take ownership of their own compliance, and help us drive down the road toll in NSW."
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