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Police raid garbage truck company involved in Wetherill Park crash - Joint Traffic Taskforce

Friday, 24 March 2017 01:35:58 PM

**Editor's note: Images have been uploaded to the NSW Police Facebook page.**

Officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force have conducted an audit of a garbage truck company involved in a serious crash involving a bus in Wetherill Park earlier this month.

About 9.40am on Tuesday 14 March 2017, a garbage truck travelling on Davis Road and a bus travelling on the Transitway collided; the bus then left the road and hit parked cars in a car park.

The bus was carrying about 20 passengers at the time, with 15 of the passengers being treated for a range of injuries.

As a result of the crash, Joint Traffic Taskforce officers yesterday (Thursday 23 March 2017) conducted a compliance inspection at a garbage truck company on Christie Street, St Marys.

During the operation police inspected 29 vehicles, issuing 17 minor defect notices and four traffic-related infringement notices.

There were also two major defects issued.

Officers conducted 21 breath and drug tests, all with negative results.

Superintendent Stuart Smith, of Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said that police will continue these types of operations to ensure that all heavy vehicles are safe on our roads.

“We have seen far too many serious crashes involving trucks recently and it’s not acceptable.

"The Joint Traffic Taskforce has been set up to respond to major crashes and conduct compliance inspections on any company involved.

“Our aim is to take unsafe vehicles off the road in order to save lives.

“We make no apologies for targeting companies and issuing defects in order to make the roads safe for others,” Superintendent Smith said.