M1 truck crash sparks traffic police inspection on company in Orange

LOOSE CARRY: Police said their visit to the trucking company found loading practices were ineffective. Picture: NSW Police

LOOSE CARRY: Police said their visit to the trucking company found loading practices were ineffective. Picture: NSW Police

A CRASH on the M1 involving alleged brake failure in a truck hauling ethanol to Queensland has sparked an inspection at a NSW trucking company. 

The Orange-based firm was investigated on Wednesday morning as Operation Ghost officers examined the company’s vehicles. 

Operation Ghost includes offers from the NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol as part of the Joint Traffic Task Force, with assistance from Roads and Maritime Services inspectors. 

The pre-dawn inspection on Wednesday including looking at 51 trucks and trailers where they issued eight infringements for a range of offences. 

Electronic speed limiters were found to be compliant but loading practices were found to be ineffective, police said. 

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said the testing helped protect all road users. 

“It was pure luck that no one was injured in the [M1] crash after a tanker’s brakes failed on a major motorway,” he said. 

“This morning’s operation serves as a reminder to any trucking company, that our officers will respond to any major incident and go over their trucks, their books and processes with a fine-tooth comb.”

“We make no apologies for conducting these types of operations in order to make all road users safe from dangerous trucks.”