Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cootes Transport gets 109 defects following fiery accident

NSW 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,  Sydney. The operator has been named as Cootes Transport.

At the time of reporting, 53 heavy vehicles have been intercepted and 109 notices have been issued, with about half for major defects such as brake failures, steering and suspension faults. Five vehicles have been grounded

Defects included:

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, and 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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