Ballarat truck compliance response to recent crashes


Joint approach to recent Operation Lorry and ongoing observations

Ballarat truck compliance response to recent crashes
Victoria police and NHVR are targeting truck compliance in the state's west

 

Victoria’s Ballarat region is subject to ongoing heavy vehicle checks following "a spate of heavy vehicle collisions in the state’s west", authorities report.

Moorabool and Ballarat Highway Patrol worked alongside members from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to address heavy vehicle safety and compliance during a recent operation at the Bungaree weighbridge.

The operation ran on September 29 and is expected to continue over the coming weeks across the Moorabool and Ballarat regions.

Operation Lorry aims to ensure industry compliance and educate drivers on the risks to other road users by failing to comply with heavy vehicle regulations.

Police undertook checks on heavy vehicles to ensure they were complying with laws around appropriate load mass, roadworthiness, work diary compliance, fatigue and drug driving.

While officers note they were pleased with the level of compliance and found that none of the 16 drivers checked tested positive to drink or drug driving, there were some issues around other industry regulations, resulting in:

  • five mass offences
  • one dimension offence
  • one defect notice
  • three log-book related infringements.

Moorabool Highway Patrol leading senior constable David Tranter says that while police are overall pleased with driver behaviour, there are still some simple changes that can be made to ensure everyone stays safe on the road.

"It’s the responsibility of companies and their drivers to ensure that they are compliant with National Heavy Vehicle Law," Tranter says.

"Loading trucks correctly and ensuring that work diaries are maintained helps keep everyone safe.

"We were pleased to see that majority of heavy vehicle drivers were doing the right thing and were not behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"That said, it’s important to remember that being fatigued can be just as dangerous as drink or drug driving, a tired driver can be a lethal driver."

 

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