QLD Govt boosts number of heavy vehicle transport inspectors

By: Greg Worrall


The Queensland Government is to unleash new transport inspectors to enforce heavy vehicle safety regulations throughout the State. New recruits are

The Queensland Government is to unleash new transport inspectors to enforce heavy vehicle safety regulations throughout the State.

New recruits are currently being trained to enforce measures relating to fatigue, vehicle defects as well as load-restraint requirements.

Minister for Transport John Mickel says 19 recruits are today completing on-the-road training in the Wide Bay area to fill nine existing vacancies and 10 newly created positions.

According to Mickel, the recruits will provide a major boost to Queensland Transport's capacity to enforce safety requirements on the state's roads.

"They enable us to keep pace with the tremendous growth in vehicle traffic on the roads and ensure that vehicles are in safe condition and comply with all statutory regulations," he says.

The recruits were also given training regarding light vehicles and passenger transport vehicles during the three-day course at Maryborough and Hervey Bay, which involved on-road and static operations in day and night conditions.

"The light vehicle part of the training in particular provided a valuable reminder to the travelling public of the need to consider the safety of their vehicles as we enter the Easter break," Mickel says.

"The 19 new recruits, along with the existing inspectors throughout the State, will continue to have plenty of work to do in helping ensure the safe operation of the road network," Mickel says.

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