Police say they have found 25 garbage trucks with non-compliant speed limiters after a series of spot checks at a waste management company in Sydney this morning.
Officers attended the URM sites in Five Dock and Cromer to inspect a total of 36 trucks after a grandmother was hit and killed on the northern beaches last week.
The 58-year-old woman was pushing her 18-month-old grandson in a pram on Moorilla Road, Dee Why when she was hit by the truck.
She died at the scene, while the child was not injured.
Two URM trucks have been grounded and 23 were found to have other defects including faulty lights, oil and hydraulic leaks and poor maintenance.
“A number of those trucks will be referred to Roads and Maritime Service inspection stations within the Sydney area to have those defects cleared before they go back into service,” Chief Inspector Phil Brooks said.
“The Traffic Taskforce will respond to these crashes throughout NSW when these very sad and tragic events occur and inspections like today will continue up until we have a very safe and compliant fleet to operate on the NSW road network.
“We have spoken to the management of the company concerned and we will work with that business to ensure that their vehicles are safe to operate.”
Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said today’s operation was in direct response to the crash last week.
Police raided the waste management company in Five Dock this morning. (ABC News: Antonette Collins )
“To find 23 mechanical defects and 25 out of 26 speed limiters non-compliant in one day at a single company is not good enough,” he said.
“The operation today should serve as a warning to all other companies, that we will inspect your entire fleet if one of your trucks is involved in a serious incident.
Police have charged the 27-year-old driver of the garbage truck with dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasioning death.
He is due to face Manly Local Court on March 7.
Assistant Commissioner Corboy said truck companies would be held responsible for the condition of their vehicles.
“Don’t wait until you or one of your drivers gets involved in a serious crash,” he said.
“Get your fleet and processes in place now, so that it doesn’t happen at all.”
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