Operation Catapult 2, heavy vehicle inspections across Sydney continue

Thursday, 16 March 2017 02:30:35 PM

***Editors Note: Images from the Operation will be uploaded to the NSW Police Facebook site.***

A driver that tested positive for drugs and a trailer which was found to have no functioning brakes are only two of the incidents detected by officers from Operation Catapault 2 today.

The joint Traffic Task Force continue to target heavy vehicles in south-west and western Sydney during Operation Catapault 2, an operation aimed at taking dangerous vehicles off the road.

Today’s operation is a continuation of Operation Catapult which took place between Wednesday 1 March 2017 and concluded Thursday 2 March 2017.

Today, the Joint Traffic Taskforce, consisting of officers from the NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Maritime Inspectors working alongside officers from the Environmental Protection Authority and SafeWork NSW, intercepted truck and dog heavy vehicles Along the M4 corridor and surrounding areas.

The operation resulted in 58 truck and trailers being inspected, where;

- 11 electronic speed limiters downloads were conducted, with four found to be non-compliant,

- 21 infringements were issued for various offences,

- 28 defect notices were issued – including three significant weight breaches – and one trailer with no functioning brakes, and

- One driver tested positive for drugs following a roadside drug test.

Acting Commander of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said Joint Traffic Task Force operations are run to ensure the safety of all road users.

"Operation Catapult is one of many operations undertaken by the Joint Traffic Task Force in order to keep unsafe trucks and drivers off our roads.

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

“Today we issued 21 infringements and handed out 28 defect notices for trucks that are not roadworthy.

“Especially in wet weather, these trucks are not only un-roadworthy, they are outright dangerous.

“Our duty is to keep the public safe and to do this we will continue to target and take action against drivers, operators, and company owners who cut corners when it comes to safety,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.