A Sydney bus company has been inspected by officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force after a woman’s leg was amputated after she was hit by one of their buses.
The shocking collision happened on Monday 17 July, when an 81-year-old woman was standing at the intersection of the mall and Jacobs Street in Bankstown.
Following investigations, about 10am yesterday, officers conducted a safety audit of 16 buses belonging to the company.
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“One bus was grounded after it was found to have a major defect to the drivers seatbelt, while five other buses were issued minor defects for inoperable lights, missing emergency hammer, and faulty door activation,” police said in a statement.
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.
“Given the important work that local buses perform every day of the week, it is imperative that they are safe and compliant,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“The Heavy Vehicle Taskforce will continue to respond to heavy vehicle crashes involving trucks, buses, and other large vehicles to ensure those fleets are being driven, serviced, and managed safely on our roads.
“Bus and heavy vehicle operators can expect us to come knocking at any time to ensure safety standards are being met.”