Trucks grounded during Victoria Police Operation Duel

Car carrier with unsecured rear vehicle highlighted as infringement example

Trucks grounded during Victoria Police Operation Duel
Victoria Police was targeting compliance in the region


Victoria Police has provided insight into Operation Duel on the Princes Highway at Waurn Ponds last week.

Though the blitz saw relatively few egregious offences, Highway Patrol Units from Geelong and Colac removed three trucks with major hazards.

Operation Duel, which ran on Wednesday, September 15, targeted truck roadworthiness and involved four highway patrol units, with assistance from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

Three of 55 trucks had major defects including a cracked wheel, damaged tyres, a structurally unsound trailer and faulty brakes, and were grounded immediately until they could be repaired at the scene or towed.

Police issued six on-the-spot infringement notices to truck drivers on the day, one of which was issued to the driver of a car carrier who failed to secure the rear vehicle, meaning it was secured only with its handbrake.

Read about a yearly intermodal blitz in southwest Victoria, here

Eight trucks were found to be unroadworthy due to minor defects such as cracked windscreens, tyres in need of replacement, suspension wear and tear, and poor lighting.

Two drivers were caught behind the wheel while suspended and will be charged via summons to face court at a later date.

"Unroadworthy and dangerous trucks pose an enormous threat to the safety of all road users, and police are determined to stop them in their tracks," Greater Geelong Highway Patrol senior sergeant Craig Stevens said.

"It’s pleasing to see few trucks grounded during this latest safety operation in the Geelong area, but three dangerous trucks on our roads is three too many.

"Highway patrol units from across the Geelong region will continue to conduct similar operations on a regular basis to ensure everyone on our roads gets home safely."


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