Police Audit Bus Depot After Woman Loses Leg In Crash

Officers found 'a number of defects'

Police Audit Bus Depot After Woman Loses Leg In Crash

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Police have inspected a number of buses at a depot in Sydney’s south west after a crash left a woman seriously injured in Bankstown earlier this month.

Officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force officers conducted a safety audit of 16 buses belonging to the company at 10am this morning, identifying a number of defects.

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.

The operation came in response to an incident on July 17, when a passenger bus hit an 81-year-old woman at the intersection of the mall and Jacobs Street, Bankstown, causing her to lose her leg.

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Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the state’s Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said Joint Traffic Task Force operations helped 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," he 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."

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