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Police urge load standards safety in Sydney

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Police in Sydney found this unrestrained load during Operation Steel 4. Police in Sydney found this unrestrained load during Operation Steel 4.

TRAFFIC and Highway Patrol officers are urging operators and drivers of heavy vehicles to ensure their vehicles comply with safety and load standards.

Operation Steel 4, a joint initiative between the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and the Roads and Maritime Service, was run earlier this month from Monday July 8 - Friday July 12 2013, targeting load restraints, vehicle standards and speed limiter compliance.

Patrolling police saw a number of heavy vehicle operators not complying with safety standards and load restrictions.

About 6.50am on Thursday July11, a 53-year-old man drove a red Isuzu tabletop east on the M5 at Riverwood. The lorry was loaded with 20 rolls of turf each weighing 150-200kg.

Police stopped the vehicle and found that the turf was not secured and the gates on either side of the vehicle were damaged.

The man was charged with driver severe risk breach load restraint and appeared in Burwood Local Court on August 6.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said this interception occurred during the operation, which targeted load restraints within the Sydney metropolitan area.

"Working with the Roads and Maritime Service, light and heavy trucks were inspected for both load and vehicle compliance.

"In this case, the loads were totally unrestrained, surrounded by cracked and broken gates, all of which posed a significant threat to other road users.

"Operators and drivers involved in transporting goods and other material throughout NSW have a significant responsibility in ensuring proper load restraints," Superintendent Smith said.

Source: BigRigs

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