Heavy vehicle fleets inspected across NSW

Heavy vehicle fleets have come under the scrutiny of the NSW Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce's Operation Arrow 6 in the last week.

With more than 60 per cent of Australia's total freight moving through NSW, it is vitally important the state has the most comprehensive heavy vehicle compliance program in the country. Together, the Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce is made up of officers from the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and NSW Roads and Maritime Service inspectors and investigators.

Earlier this week, the Taskforce stopped a truck towing tunnel boring equipment and discovered that it was in breach of its weight and width permit. The vehicle was deemed overmass, while the driver's work diary also contained inconsistencies. 

The truck was taken off the road for further investigation by authorities.

Roads and Maritime General Manager Compliance Operations Paul Endycott said there were heavy penalties for operators who fail to meet basic safety standards.

"The onus is on the operator as well as the driver and all other parties in the chain to ensure vehicles are loaded safely. Those who fail to do so will be targeted and may face significant penalties under Chain of Responsibility laws," he stated.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith explained it was up to fleet managers to ensure loads have the right permit and driver's paperwork is in order.

"Those operators that obtain permits to move oversize or overmass loads must ensure that they comply fully with all of the conditions," he said.

"With the demand for oversize and overmass loads to move throughout NSW and across Australia, the Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce will continue to focus on such loads for the benefit of all road users."

To make sure that fleet history is accurate for authorities and vehicles are up-to-date with permits, fleet software could be a useful tool. Drivers and managers will receive reminders and updates to ensure essential maintenance is carried out to meet compliance levels.