We’re used to seeing privately-owned fleets getting into trouble, this time it’s a Sydney council that has allegedly not been looking after its truck fleet.
Hawkesbury City Council in the cities North-West has been issued with two infringement notices and defect warnings for its garbage truck fleet.
The penalties and warnings come following the death of a 74-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a council garbage truck.
Hawkesbury City Council operates the local waste collection service.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspectors visited a council depot last week and determined that one truck didn’t have the appropriate speed limiting device installed.
While a second truck had an issue with a tie-rod end.
Police also confirmed that seven defect notices were written out “for a range of vehicle maintenance issues, including missing reflectors, defective glazing light transmittance, and damaged number plates”.
Council general manager Peter Conroy saying despite the action the Council’s vehicles were “well maintained”.
“Council has a well maintained, modern fleet of vehicles that are regularly inspected,”
“Council will continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to this matter.”
Police are still investigating the cause of the fatal collision.
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