Police from North West Highway Patrol, together with TfNSW heavy vehicle inspectors, conducted Operation Convoy in Central West NSW focusing on heavy vehicle enforcement, between February 21-25.
Over 300 vehicles (light and heavy) were breath-tested, 88 drug tests conducted, with no positive results. Police say 43 light vehicle offences were detected during the operation.
As a result of the five-day blitz, 12 heavy vehicle drivers were charged to appear before court with numerous critical, severe and minor fatigue offences detected, said police in a Facebook post.
One of those drivers was directed not to drive for 24 hours due to fatigue offences and work diary inconsistencies.
Police say a number of other heavy vehicle offences were detected, including:
- 78 work diary offences
- 13 additional fatigue offences
- 2 speeding offences
- 5 load restraint offences
- and 12 defect notices issued.
Big Rigs has asked for more details of the alleged offences.
Police added that as a result of an increase in fatal and other serious crashes involving heavy vehicles in the Central West, police will continue enforcing fatigue and other road rules around the region.