Infringement notices issued to Hawkesbury Council after pedestrian killed by garbage truck

Hawkesbury Council has been issued with two infringement notices and a number of defect warnings in relation to its fleet after a pedestrian was killed by a garbage truck in Windsor.

Rosalind Hinde, 74, died on Monday evening after being struck by a garbage truck at Claremont Crescent.

Hawkesbury City Council operates the local garbage service, and later stated it was assisting with inquiries into the fatality.

In a statement issued yesterday (Wednesday), council’s general manager Peter Conroy said police and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspectors visited council’s Wilberforce depot on Tuesday morning (August 21).

“After inspecting the fleet, two infringement notices were issued to Hawkesbury City Council. One notice related to an issue that dates back to the time of the original purchase of the vehicle,” Mr Conroy said in the statement.

“When it was delivered to council, the appropriate speed limiting device was not installed by the vehicle distributor.

“The vehicle has already been returned to the supplier for rectification at their cost.

“The second notice related to a minor defect on a tie rod, which is also now in the process of being rectified. In addition to the notices issued, a number of minor defects were recorded for which warning notices were issued.”

Council’s vehicles were “well maintained” despite the action, he stated.

“Council has a well maintained, modern fleet of vehicles that are regularly inspected,” Mr Conroy stated.

“Council will continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to this matter.”

Police had earlier stated that six heavy vehicles had been inspected during Tuesday’s action, and seven defect notices written out “for a range of vehicle maintenance issues, including missing reflectors, defective glazing light transmittance, and damaged number plates”.

“Officers also conducted two engine control module downloads and identified one vehicle was not compliant; issuing the vehicle with a red label major grounded defect,” the police statement said.

“Two infringement notices were issued to the company for permit use of heavy vehicle contravenes standard, and permit heavy vehicle contravenes speed limiter standard.”

Investigations into the crash are continuing, police stated.