The truck was defected and grounded in October.
The truck was defected and grounded in October.

Fleet inspected after Pacific Highway incident

A NEW South Wales company had its fleet inspected by the Roads and Maritime Services after an incident that blocked traffic along the Pacific Highway in Sydney back in October.

The highway at Artarmon on the lower North Shore was blocked at 7am on October 29 when two bolts securing axle two on the prime mover (in a truck and dog combination) completely sheared causing axle two to dislodge, splitting airlines and disabling the heavy vehicle.

Police said the truck was defected and grounded on site.

As a result of the incident, RMS in Penrith inspected 10 heavy vehicles and issued 14 defects, which included five counts of warnings for faded number plates, seven minor defects for engine oil leaks, worn shock absorbers and gear box leaks.

Two major defects were issued, one of a trailer with a bent drawbar, brake system air leaks and sharp edges and the other for a trailer that had a cracked brake disc, cracks along the dolly, hydraulic oil leaks and airbag mounting arm having excessive movement.

The company was also issued with two infringements for the defective trailers.

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