SYDNEY STOPS: One of the trucks inspected during Operation Kamyon.
SYDNEY STOPS: One of the trucks inspected during Operation Kamyon.

NSW sting nets defects: Top cop says bosses must answer

A NEW phase of Operation Kamyon has revealed a disturbingly high ratio of non-compliant heavy vehicles in Sydney's southwest metro region.

From May 21-23, police conducted mobile patrols and stopped, inspected and directed heavy vehicles back to each respective site for further inspection by the Roads and Maritime Service.

Of the 272 trucks and trailers inspected by the RMS, 87 defect notices were issued for issues including ancillary equipment (77), body/chassis (37), brakes (21), wheels and tyres (21), and oil and fuel leaks (19).

Another nine mass breaches are being actioned by the RMS, plus four mass breaches on light vehicles (less than 4.5tonnes) being actioned by police.

Police issued 105 infringement notices for matters including work diary compliance and load restraint and vehicle standards breaches, and issued four court attendance notices for severe dimension and work hours breaches.

"With various projects going on right throughout the Sydney metropolitan area, those involved in the transport task that provide support need to ensure the safety of their drivers, vehicles and loads for the benefit of other road users,” NSW Police Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said.

"The vehicles we have seen and the issues we have identified have obviously been seen by others in the chain who will now face the consequences of the lack of commitment to safety and compliance.”

In all, 313 vehicles were stopped and breath tests conducted. There were also 75 drug tests taken, resulting in one positive result for methylamphetamine.

Other incidents included a heavy vehicle learner driver who had two unrestrained children in the cab, aged five and six, and a Toyota van overloaded by 800kg.

The driver, who was wanted by Border Force, was arrested and handed over to immigration officials