A seriously defected truck carrying a load of live barramundi has been pulled over during a three-day heavy-vehicle operation in the state’s south.
Operation Siritis was run by the Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce, which comprises personnel from the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
It targeted heavy vehicles not complying with road-transport legislation, as well as unsafe and illegal driver behaviour.
The operation started at 6am on August 19 and ran until 10pm August 21, with a focus on the heavy-vehicle freight industry travelling the Hume Highway corridor.
Over the three days of Operation Siritis, police and RMS officers inspected a total of 771 trucks and trailers at sites in Marulan, Holbrook and West Wyalong.
It was at Holbrook that police pulled over a refrigerated truck on August 20.
They questioned the driver, who informed them he was carrying a load of live barramundi.
The fish, which were contained in six tanks in the back of the truck, were bound for restaurants in Sydney.
“Upon closer inspection, officers found the trailer to have significant rust throughout, which could have given way at any time - causing danger not only to the driver of the truck, but also to other road users following nearby,” NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said.
“Trucks carrying significant loads that are not securely restrained is a serious issue for the industry overall.
“Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce officers shouldn't have to be the ones who are securing loads on trucks that have left major distribution centres throughout Australia,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
The truck driver, a 42-year-old Bossley Park man, was issued with two traffic infringement notices for the offences of allow liquid to fall to roadway and use unsafe/unserviceable vehicle.
He also received a defect notice.