Truckie charged over drugs, defects as police target rigs
A TRUCK driver has been arrested over alleged drugs offences after a police operation inspected a fleet of 10 trucks and nine trailers yesterday.
While at the transport company located at South Nowra police also issued three infringements for work diary and speeding offences and five defect notices after looking at the trucks.
The operation started about 7am and included the Heavy Vehicle Unit and officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Southern Region.
During Operation Juris, police inspected the trucks as well as checking log books and breath and drug testing drivers.
- 12 drivers breath and drug tested, with one man aged 44, returning a positive roadside drug test. He was issued with a 24 hour prohibition from driving notice pending further results.
- Two infringement notices issued for work diary offences.
- One infringement notice for a heavy vehicle speeding offence.
- Five defect notices were issued for a range of offences regarding loose drivers' seating, insecure seatbelts, inoperable lights and broken springs.
- Six engine control modules were tested; however, no issues were identified.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith from the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said more needs to be done to ensure compliance with road rules and vehicle standards.
"Our compliance and enforcement focus is critical for keeping the industry safe," Acting Assistance Commissioner Smith said.
"If transport operators can't ensure their fleets are compliant, the police are there to enforce safety, for the benefit of all road users."
"It is critical that drivers are fit and able to drive, just as it is for trucks, trailers, and goods loaded to be sound," he said.