Overmass trucks on notice after mining equipment stoppage in Hunter Valley

NSW Police have intercepted a truck towing tunnel boring equipment near Newcastle after it was detected as being allegedly in breach of its permit.

Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce Officers from the NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol command stopped the wide load at about 12:30am on Monday, as part of Operation Arrow 6.

Upon inspection the truck was found to be carrying a tunnel boring machine platform, and travelling contrary to the conditions of the permit issued as it had breached dimension limits applicable to the vehicle and its load.

The vehicle was also assessed as being overmass and the driver’s work diary was found to contain errors.

The driver was directed back to his depot at Carrington where the heavy vehicle was grounded pending rectification of the load and dimensions.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command acting assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said it was imperative that operators who intend to convey loads that are oversize or overmass must have the correct permit.

“Those operators that obtain permits to move oversize or overmass loads must ensure that they comply fully with all of the conditions,” he said.

“With the demand for oversize and overmass loads to move throughout NSW and across Australia, the Joint Heavy Vehicle Taskforce will continue to focus on such loads for the benefit of all road users.”

Roads and Maritime general manager for compliance operations Paul Endycott said the over-size trucking operators and companies that own the cargo were on notice to ensure they were not travelling unsafely on NSW roads.

"The onus is on the operator as well as the driver and all other parties in the chain to ensure vehicles are loaded safely,” he said.

“Those who fail to do so will be targeted and may face significant penalties under Chain of Responsibility laws."

NSW Police have said unsafe business practices in an attempt to gain unfair commercial advantages over safe and complaint companies will not be tolerated.

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