Blitz on unroadworthy trucks

Drivers of unroadworthy trucks face a hefty fine during a five-day safety blitz by VicRoads in Melbourne

August 17, 2011

A five-day safety blitz by VicRoads Transport Safety Services is targeting heavy vehicle owners and drivers.

Those found driving an unroadworthy vehicle will be issued with a defect notice and a possible penalty of up to $1,220, VicRoads metropolitan south east acting regional director Patricia Liew warns.

Heavy vehicles in Melbourne’s south east will be under watch until this Friday, as part of Operation Hazard II.

Specialised equipment and qualified heavy vehicle mechanics will test the steering, suspension and brakes of all heavy vehicles that are checked.

Those that are in very poor condition might be towed away on the spot at the expense of the driver or operator.

WorkSafe may also issue Improvement Notices to operators, requiring them to put systems in place to ensure their truck fleet is safe to operate.

The operation aims to promote greater compliance in the transport industry, Liew says.

"Unsafe heavy vehicles pose a risk to all road users," Liew says.

"It is important that all drivers and owners of heavy vehicles understand the importance of ensuring their vehicles are in safe working order.

"The risks associated with having unsafe vehicles on our roads are too great to ignore."

The blitz is a joint government inter-agency operation run by VicRoads with the support of Victoria Police, the Sheriff’s Office and WorkSafe Victoria.

A similar operation which conducted in March saw 249 trucks tested and 93 infringement notices and 198 defect notices issued.

"The operation encourages greater self-compliance with heavy vehicle safety laws among owners and drivers.

"Most drivers and owners of heavy vehicles do the right thing by ensuring their vehicles are well maintained and safe.

"Operation Hazard II is about targeting the minority who don’t."

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