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More than 100 safety breaches issued for dodgy trucks
01/08/2012 - Defects on heavy trucks travelling NSW roads have resulted in more than 100 safety breaches during the latest operation to crack down on unsafe transport practices.
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Operation Explorer concluded on Tuesday, wrapping up a two-day inspection of 431 heavy trucks belonging to a number of companies.
Officers from NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) issued 110 infringements and two notices relating to compliance with speed limiters.
The devices restrict heavy vehicles from travelling over the 100km/h maximum speed.
"There have been some disappointing results in the four major operations we have conducted this year, but it looks like safety compliance is becoming a priority in the transport industry," police inspector Phillip Brooks said in a statement on Tuesday.
RMS compliance director Peter Wells said a June forum of state and national industry leaders has helped to improve speed compliance among trucking companies.
"Given the support from leaders across the logistics sector to eliminate speed limiter tampering it is clear there is still more to do as the figures from Operation Explorer show," Wells said in a statement.
Police and the RMS have inspected 1092 trucks in the past four operations this year resulting in 50 speed limiter compliance issues and 465 additional breaches relating to mechanical defects, log book, fatigue and licence issues.
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