Topics:  heavy vehicles, nsw police and roads, pacific highway

NSW police target heavy vehicles

A JOINT NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services operation code-named operation dusty is focusing on heavy vehicles to combat fatigue, speed and vehicle defects on the Pacific Highway between Tweed Heads and Ballina.

As part of the operation, at 9.35am on Saturday a northbound Queensland-registered B-Double was detected travelling at 124km/h in a 100km/h heavy vehicle limited area on the Pacific Highway at Cudgera Creek.

A radar infringement notice for speeding, a traffic infringement for the speed limiter not complying and a defect notice for the defective speed limiter were issued to the driver.

At 6.30pm on the same day a B-double laden with watermelons was stopped on the Pacific Highway at Chinderah.

The prime mover was found to be unregistered and defective - suffering major oil and air leaks, and had badly worn tyres.

Both trailers were checked over and found to have faulty brakes and a total of 12 bald tyres. The driver, a 41-year-old man from Young, was issued with notices to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday, June 4.

Officers also stopped a southbound B-Double at Tyagarah at about 9pm on Thursday.

The 34-year-old male driver was discovered to have a range of breaches in his work diary.

Alleged breaches included two instances where, based on calculations, the truck had exceeded the speed limit and travelled approximately 108km/h to 142km/h between Sydney and the North Coast.

Superintendent Stuart Smith, Operations Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said that after recent heavy vehicle operations, it is disappointing to see some drivers continue to try and flout the law.



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