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Bus Operator inspected following near-miss on M5 - Operation Jack Knife

Friday, 16 June 2017 02:50:01 PM

Officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force today inspected a number of buses at a location in Strathfield South following a near-miss on the M5 Motorway.

About 10am today (Friday 16 June 2017), officers conducted a safety audit of seven buses belonging to the company and identified a number of defects.

Two buses were grounded due to defective seatbelts and five were issued with minor defects for loose seats, seatbelts not retracting, seats with exposed metal and exposed wiring in a coach toilet.

The operation came in response to an incident on Thursday 1 June 2017 between a passenger bus and a semi-trailer which jack-knifed in an attempt to avoid a serious crash with the bus.

Police also issued a number of infringement notices to the company for failing to return registration plates for buses with expired registration.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said Joint Traffic Task Force operations are run to ensure the safety of all road users.

"Operation Jack Knife was initiated to that serious near-miss on the M5 which could have ended much worse.

“Bus and heavy vehicle operators can expect us to come knocking at any time to ensure safety standards are being met.

“Our duty is to keep the public safe on all roads, without risking their lives or the lives of their loved ones,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.