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Thousands of heavy vehicle drivers were found in breach of speed and fatigue regulations during the latest Operation AUSTRANS.

Operation AUSTRANS is an annual safety blitz, which this year ran from 18 May to 13 June and inspected 75,000 heavy vehicles. Police in Australia and New Zealand collaborated with other agencies to target heavy vehicle road transport safety.

Among the offences uncovered were 1076 major defects, including not speed limiting, and 574 trucks were caught speeding. The number of speeding offences is down on the 936 recorded the year before.

Some 1100 work diary offences related to failure to take required rest were also found. This is less than the 1383 offences recorded last year.

Drug driving tests caught out 154 drivers, who returned positive results.

For more details, visit the offences

Published on 13 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter

Truck drivers racked up thousands of safety offences in a one-month Australasian-wide blitz in May.

The multi-agency crackdown, Operation Austrans, targeted heavy vehicles across Australia and New Zealand. Police and road, transport and safety agencies focused on fatigue, speed, drug use and compliance.

Some 1383 work diary breaches were issued, which included failing to take the required rest.

Almost 940 offences involved speeding, while 42 breaches involved either possessing, trafficking or using drugs, and 21 were for drink-driving.

More than 13,500 defect or breach notices were issued for not speed limiting.

“These are worrying numbers,” said Jon White, CEO of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), in a media statement.

“Heavy vehicles can weigh up to 65 tonnes and when they collide with another, smaller vehicle, such as a car or motorbike, the results are catastrophic,” he added.

For more details refer to blitz results.

Published on 3 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Employers are being urged to sign up to the National Road Safety Partnership Program and share their road safety tips to cut the road toll.

The program was launched this week, with the hosting of it transferred from the National Transport Commission (NTC) to the ARRB Group.

The NTC began engaging with the business community about the program in 2011. Holden, Origin Energy, Telstra, Suncorp/Vero and Uniting Care Queensland are some of the founding members of the program’s steering committee – which was set up in 2012.

The program offers a library of best practice road safety programs that employers can access and implement in their workplaces.

“Experts predict that road crashes will kill or injure 170,000 Australians over the next five years and work-related road crashes account for almost half of all Australian workplace deaths,” NTC CEO Paul Retter said in a media statement.

Retter noted that because “almost half the new vehicles sold in Australia were purchased by fleets this program had the potential to cut road tolls across Australia and reduce road congestion at the same time”.

“This program will help businesses keep their employees and fleets safe, productive and sustainable, especially by reducing the costs of injuries and compensation,” said steering committee member, Mark Stephens from UnitingCare Queensland, in a media statement.

For more detail, visit the program.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

27 Mar 2014

‘Threats’ spark U-turn

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Cootes Transport has responded to a ‘show cause’ notice and submitted a plan to the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services to fix safety and compliance faults in its dangerous goods fleet.

As reported in an earlier e-bulletin, Cootes had been given 14 days to rectify the faults or have its licence to travel on NSW roads cancelled or suspended.

Last week, the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay said Cootes had submitted the plan, which includes decommissioning 50 older trucks and removing them from its Transport of Dangerous Goods licence; purchasing or bringing in new prime movers and tankers for its NSW Fleet; and implementing improved maintenance, with and increased focus on brake, steering and suspension.

A number of other changes are also included in the plan.

As a result, Cootes is allowed to continue operating on NSW roads for the time being, Gay says.

“I am particularly encouraged by the Board’s commitment to ensuring the company carries out the agreed program of corrective works,” he says.

“But it is not a time to be complacent…the company is aware that should compliance issues continue to be detected, action will be reinstated to ensure the safety of all road users.”

For more details, visit the minister

Published on 27 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Cootes Transport has until 20 March to improve the safety of its trucks or its licence to operate in New South Wales will be suspended or cancelled.

New South Wales Minister for Roads and Ports has ordered the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to direct Cootes Transport to show cause why its dangerous goods fleet should remain on NSW roads.

“I have lost confidence in this company as an operator of dangerous goods movements on NSW roads,” New South Wales Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay says.

Since last month Cootes Transport fleet of 400 trucks has been undergoing a re-inspection after more problems were detected with brakes, steering, suspension and leaks in routine checks, Gay says.

Of the 320 trucks checked so far only 179 have passed without a formal warning or a defect notice.

RMS inspectors are deregistering unroadworthy trucks, Gay adds.

RMS has laid more than 300 charges against Cootes Transport since the crash on Mona Vale Road in the Northern Beaches of Sydney last October.

This week police charged the driver of the truck involved in the Mona Vale Road incident.

For more details, visit the minister.

Published on 13 March 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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