Qld heavy vehicle enforcement 'condemned' by LNP

Queensland Government's approach to heavy vehicle enforcement "condemned" by the Liberal National Party (LNP)

By Brad Gardner | August 2, 2010

The Queensland Government’s approach to heavy vehicle enforcement has been "condemned" by the Liberal National Party (LNP).

Opposition spokeswoman on transport Fiona Simpson has used a report to the Legislative Assembly on recent Budget Estimates hearings to reiterate her disagreement over changes to enforcement practices.

During the hearings, Simpson claimed there was a decline in the number of roadside officers due to a decision to use targeted instead of random enforcement measures.

Simpson now claims the Government is also "diverting transport officers to non-safety related duties such as policing transit lanes in Brisbane with no additional resources".

"This must be condemned," Simpson says in an attached letter to the report.

Appearing before the estimates hearing last month, Transport Minister Rachel Nolan told Simpson transport officers were equipped with greater intelligence to target non-compliance.

Nolan says inspectors no longer need to sit on the side of the road waiting for trucks to come along because they can focus on heavy vehicles they consider a problem.

However, Simpson claims in her letter the government provided no evidence to support the comment.

In a written response from Nolan, Simpson writes in her letter that she was told: "Rosters for Transport Inspectors are managed manually, so it is difficult to extract the hours worked during daylight and night time hours separately."

According to Simpson, there are less inspectors on the road at night despite the number of trucks on the road.

"The LNP is concerned by the lack of hours and priority given to the core role of transport officers, heavy vehicle enforcement…and we are concerned by the trend of diverting transport officers into policing non-safety related issues such as transit lanes," she writes.

During the estimates hearing last month, Simpson claimed she had received complaints from transport officers they were being given enough time to enforce heavy vehicle laws.

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