Police raid trucking company following tampering of speed limiter | Pictures

Police and Roads and Maritime Services inspectors have conducted an audit of a trucking company in Badgerys Creek, after a truck was found to have its speed limiter tampered with last week.

Shortly after midday on Friday, officers stopped a tipper and dog on Forrester Road, St Marys.

A subsequent engine control module download identified that the vehicle could travel at a top speed of 159km/h.

It was defected and the 29-year-old driver was issued with an infringement notice for use/permit heavy vehicle contravenes speed limiter standard.

About 6.30am today, officers and RMS Inspectors conducted a compliance inspection at a trucking company on Martins Road, Badgerys Creek.

During the operation two truck and trailer combinations were escorted from the business to the Wetherill Park heavy vehicle inspection station for inspection.

One of the trucks was issued a red label major grounded defect notice for brake defects. It was also found to have defective tyres and a non-compliant speed limiter. The other truck was issued a major defect notice for a brake air leak.

Superintendent Stuart Smith of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said police would continue these types of operations to ensure that all heavy vehicles were safe.

“The Joint Traffic Taskforce will continue to raid trucking companies in an effort to get unsafe trucks off the road,” he said.

“Tampering with speed limiters and cutting corners with truck safety, puts all road users at risk.

“We make no apologies grounding trucks and issuing fines in order to make the roads safe for others.”

Roads and Maritime Services general manager of compliance operations Paul Endycott said the operation was about ensuring the safety of all road users.

“Operating a heavy vehicle of this type, a tipper truck pulling a dog trailer, with defective brakes can only lead to one outcome,” Mr Endycott said.

“This is totally unacceptable and shows the culture surrounding some in the industry sector.

“That is why we are here and our task is to remove these vehicles from our road for the protection of others using the network.

“Roads and Maritime will continue to work closely with the NSW Police Highway Patrol and all parties involved in the supply chain to ensure transport activities are safe and do not pose stupid and unnecessary risk to others on the road.”

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