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NSW bus crackdown uncovers defects

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016

Raids on two NSW government bus depots has uncovered a string of vehicles with defects, including unsecured seats.

More than 300 buses have been involved in crashes across NSW in the past year, including four serious collisions that sparked raids on two State Transit Authority (STA) depots in Sydney on Thursday.

Ten defects, including unsecured seats and exterior damage, were found on 48 buses at the Leichhardt and Burwood depots.

"If there were passengers sitting in those seats they would be knocked forward and certainly injured (in an emergency brake)," Superintendent Stuart Smith told reporters.

The safety blitz follows four serious crashes involving STA buses, including a fatal collision at Epping in April and a crash that left a pedestrian fighting for life at Cammeray in Sydney's north in July.

In the past year, five bus drivers have been arrested for drink driving and one has been charged with negligent act causing death, Supt Smith said.

"We're going to proactively police the heavy vehicle industry to make sure that they're not a key factor in the fatalities in NSW this year," he said.

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