Cootes Transport charged

Cootes Transport charged as part of ongoing investigation

18 February 2014

Roads and Maritime Services has laid more than 300 charges against Cootes Transport in the NSW Local Court after widespread safety and compliance operations.

The investigation followed a fatal crash involving a Cootes tanker in October last year.

Ongoing and targeted inspections of the Cootes fleet have been carried out in NSW by Roads and Maritime to ensure defected and unsafe vehicles have been taken off the road until repaired.

This includes two tankers found to have brake issues last week.

Roads and Maritime has issued 222 Court Attendance Notices to the company relating to interstate registration, 86 for operate an unsafe vehicle, five for mass, and two for load restraint offences for fuel leaks.

NSW has the toughest inspection scheme for heavy vehicles in Australia with more than 1.6 million road-side inspections completed since January 2013.

Roads and Maritime identifies operators of interest through on-going enforcement activities, special operations and audits.

If a vehicle is involved in a major incident, the operator’s fleet can be inspected for compliance.

Roads and Maritime continues to target heavy vehicles which may present a risk to ensure the safety for all road users in NSW.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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