Raptor Squad blitz targets operators in Nowra region


Officers from the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad, assisted by specialist officers from the Traffic Operations Group Heavy Vehicle Unit, conducted a compliance blitz in Nowra, NSW, last week.

According to a Facebook post on the NSW Police Force Facebook page, multiple transport operators were targeted in the Nowra area after they were identified as being well above the state average for safety issues since 2020.

With the assistance of inspectors from Transport for NSW, 38 heavy vehicle units were inspected on February 10.

Of those 38 inspected, 16 major and three minor heavy vehicle defects were issued.

Twenty seven roadside alcohol and drug tests were conducted with two drivers returning positive indications for drugs while driving.

Another 15 penalty notices were issued for a range of safety and fatigue-based offences.

Big Rigs asked NSW Police for more information on the notices issues, but was told no further details could be provided.

“Police and Transport for NSW inspectors will continue to monitor the identified transport operators to ensure safety and fatigue compliance,” the Facebook post added.

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