Operation Mona Vale progress update

3 October 2013

Operation Mona Vale progress update

Roads and Maritime Services heavy vehicle inspectors and NSW Police are continuing to audit the trucking company involved in a fatal crash at Mona Vale on Tuesday 1 October. As at 2pm today, 52 heavy vehicles have been intercepted, 109 notices have been issued with about half for major defects such as brake failures, steering and suspension faults. Five vehicles have been grounded.


Operation summary No.
Total number of heavy vehicles inspected 53
Total number of defects 109
Minor defects 59
Major defects 46
Vehicles grounded 5

Defects included:

Defect No.
Brakes 92
Wheels/tyres 41
Suspension 52
Ancillary equipment/lights 23
Oil/fuel leaks 22
Body/chassis 15
Steering 9
Tow couplings 8
Exhaust/noise 5
Other 3

Issues uncovered included:

Inefficient brakes
Axle and suspension failures
Steering components defective
Engine/steering box oil leaks
Tread peeling from tyres
Broken engine mounts
Cracked exhaust pipes

Fleet vehicles will continue to be checked by Roads and Maritime Services inspectors at Heavy Vehicle Inspection Stations at Wetherill Park, Botany and Carrington to ensure they meet all safety and mechanical compliance standards.

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