Defects found on buses after shocking near-miss

16th June 2017 3:25 PM

THE COMPANY of the school bus filmed narrowly avoiding a collision on Sydney's M5 Motorway earlier this month have been issued with defect notices.   

The shocking CCTV footage caught the moment a quick-thinking truck driver avoided colliding with the bus carrying approximately 20 schoolchildren.   

The bus attempted to merge in front of the oncoming semi, causing it to break heavily and jackknife.   

In response to the incident officers from the Joint Traffic Task Force Friday inspected a number of buses at a location in Strathfield South.  

The 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 truck and coach were inches from disaster on the M5 in Sydney. Picture: NSW Police Force
The truck and coach were inches from disaster on the M5 in Sydney. Picture: NSW Police Force

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 were run to ensure the safety of all road users.  

Assistant Commissioner Corboy confirmed Operation Jack Knife was initiated after the serious near-miss on the M5. 

"Bus and heavy vehicle operators can expect us to come knocking at any time to ensure safety standards are being met," Assistant Commissioner Corboy said. 

"Our duty is to keep the public safe on all roads, without risking their lives or the lives of their loved ones,"he said.    

Smoke from the braking truck engulfs the motorway as the school coach calmly drives away. Picture: Facebook. Source:Supplied
Smoke from the braking truck engulfs the motorway as the school coach calmly drives away. Picture: Facebook. Source:Supplied