A BOSSLEY Park man has received two fines and a defect notice after he was caught driving a "seriously" defective truck carrying a load of live barramundi last week.
His truck was pulled over during a three-day operation which focused on the heavy vehicle freight industry travelling the Hume Highway.
Operation Siritis, by the Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce, ran from August 19 to August 21.
Police pulled over the refrigerated truck on August 20 at Holbrook.
They questioned the Bossley Park driver, who told them he was carrying a load of live fish.
NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said the fish, which were contained in six tanks in the back of the truck, were 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," he said.
"Trucks carrying significant loads that are not securely restrained are a serious issue for the industry over all.
"Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce officers shouldn't have to be the ones who are securing loads on trucks that have left major distribution centres through-out Australia."
The 42-year-old truck driver was issued with two traffic infringement notices (for allowing liquid to fall onto the roadway and for using an unsafe/unserviceable vehicle) and a defect notice.
Over the three days of Operation Siritis police and RMS officers inspected 771 trucks and trailers.