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Joint operation focus on getting dangerous trucks off our roads

Operation Southgate was in Campbelltown and Camden since early this morning.

Operation Southgate was in Campbelltown and Camden since early this morning.

Ten defect notices were issued when NSW Police along with the Environment Protection Authority and Roads and Maritime inspectors conducted Operation Southgate today in Campbelltown and Camden.

The operation is a part of a series aimed at taking dangerous trucks off the road.

Since 6am the operation resulted in 36 truck and trailers being inspected.

Also, 36 random breath and drug tests were conducted, all of which were negative,

Eight traffic infringements and three restraint notices were issued.

Another two infringement notices were issued for work diary offences.

One tipper truck was inspected and was found to have a seatbelt secured with cable ties, and a skip bin truck was found to be missing five wheel nuts.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said Joint Traffic Task Force operations will continue until owners and operators can ensure all trucks are compliant.

“Operation Southgate is one of many operations undertaken by the Joint Traffic Task Force in order to keep dangerous trucks and drivers off our roads,’’ he said.

“We work closely with Roads and Maritime and the NSW Environment Protection Authority to ensure trucks are safe and compliant.

“Especially in the rain, it is not good enough to have trucks on the road with unsafe loads and other defects including missing wheel nuts.

“These trucks are putting all road users at risk.

“Our duty is to keep the public safe and we make no apologies for targeting drivers, operators, and company owners who cut corners when it comes to safety,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.


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