Police are investigating this dog trailer in Litchfield.
Police are investigating this dog trailer in Litchfield. NSW Police Force

Dodgy dogs: 'It's simply not good enough'

INDUSTRY advocates are pushing for "something to be done” about dodgy dog trailers after a spate of recent incidents brought light to the issue yet again.

A driver and a passenger escaped serious harm after a large piece of metal from a dog trailer fell from a truck travelling in front of them into their windscreen on the M4 at Clyde.

Roads and Maritime Services inspectors issued a red label (major grounded defect) defect notice to the vehicle and are investigating an alleged weight breach involving the trailer.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said people could have been seriously hurt or killed by the metal.

"To have an already defective trailer in a poor state, overweight, and being pulled by what is a defective truck is simply not good enough,” he said.

"Those across the heavy vehicle industry know how we operate to ensure safety, and the company involved can expect further attention from police and the RMS, to ensure their fleet, their drivers, and the company is safe and able to operate on our roads.

"We take heavy vehicle safety seriously, so should all of those in the industry, from the steering wheel to the board room.”

Roads and Maritime Services compliance director Roger Weeks said safety was the highest priority.

"Fortunately the majority of truckies and companies do the right thing, but this shocking example shows that there is still more work to be done,” he said.

"Roads and Maritime Services will continue to work with industry and law enforcement to ensure compliance levels can be lifted and systemic safety failures stamped out.”

The incident on the M4, and another one near a school at Lindfield on the north shore of Sydney, prompted TruckSafe general manager Justin Fleming to speak out.

"We've been trying to discuss it with the (relevant) ministers and we want to put our case forward but they won't listen,” he said.

And their solution? Join TruckSafe, an Australian Trucking Association industry initiative aimed at improving the safety and professionalism of trucking operators nationwide.

Accreditation provided by independent auditors allows the driver the peace of mind of knowing the vehicle is safe, he said.

"All we, and other members of the community, want is for them to be safe on the roads,” Mr Fleming said.

While Mr Fleming said he had a great respect for the work being done by the NSW Police Force and the RMS, something "still needs to be done”.

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