OPERATION RESULTS: Majority of truckies are compliant
POLICE have inspected more than 150 heavy vehicles during a five-day compliance operation following a fatal crash involving two trucks on the state's mid north coast, however the industry seems to be largely compliant.
The five-day operation on the Pacific Highway at Jones Island, about 17km north-east of Taree, which ended today, came about after emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Nabiac, near Forster, following reports a garbage truck and a B-double travelling northbound had collided on July 26.
The garbage truck driver, a 38-year-old Coffs Harbour man, died at the scene. The second driver, a 62-year-old Coffs Harbour man, was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.
Police are preparing a report for the Coroner.
Out of the 199 heavy vehicles inspected, only 72 traffic infringement notices and defects were issued for things like tyres, number plate, oil leaks, work diary offences and non-complaint electronic control modules.
A total of 132 random drug tests were conducted, with one driver, a 42-year-old man, allegedly testing positive to methylamphetamine.
Police issued seven Court Attendance Notices for fatigue breaches, recording false and misleading information in work diary, as well as one for mid-range PCA to a 36-year-old man.
He is due to face court at a later date.
The only other breach the police said was "of note" was a garbage truck was allegedly detected travelling 116km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Four Mile just before 2pm on Wednesday, August 14.
The vehicle was stopped and inspected with police issuing infringement notices for exceed speed and work diary offence to the driver, a 43-year-old man.
He was also issued a defect notice for a non-compliant ECM.