Details emerge on Tasmanian compliance operation

Operation Outlet on East Tamar Highway identifies a few defective trucks

Details emerge on Tasmanian compliance operation
Tasmania Police-supplied image from Operation Outlet


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has moved to clarify the results of a joint operation with Tasmania Police on the East Tamar Highway recently.

An enforcement activity more commonly reported by the mainland states, the focus of the blitz included heavy vehicle compliance and vehicle defects.

At the time, Tasmania Police reported the result of the operation as: 46 vehicle defects issued; 10 infringement notices issued for unregistered vehicle; two people proceeded against for unlicensed driving; two people were arrested for ‘fail to appear warrants’.

The NHVR explains the heavy vehicle aspect of that operation.

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"Operation Outlet saw NHVR officers and partner agencies inspect 26 heavy vehicles, varying in class from light rigid through to multi-combination, on the East Tamar Highway at Launceston," NHVR director Southern Region (Operations) Paul Simionato says.

"Only two of the 26 vehicles inspected had defects that we would categorise as major, however over half of the vehicles inspected received some type of intervention.

"To minimise the need for intervention, we really encourage operators and drivers to conduct regular inspections of their vehicles and ensure continuous preventative maintenance regimes are established.

"The NHVR has conducted a number of similar operations over the years at the East Tamar Highway site and the results are similar to what we have seen in the past. 

"The NHVR has forged strong partnerships with officers from the Department of State Growth and Tasmania Police and will continue to work collaboratively on similar operations to make Tasmania’s roads safer for all users." 

Tasmania Police acting inspector Nathan Johnston adds: "These joint traffic operations show that both federal and state government are working together, taking road safety seriously and ensuring vehicles are compliant when travelling on our roads."


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