A SOUTH-WEST police operation targeting trucks has uncovered about 10 per cent of heavy vehicles with speed limiter irregularities.
Nanjing Night Net

Sergeant Gary Bryant, officer-in-charge of the Warrnambool police highway patrol unit, said the operation focused on trucks travelling along main roads across the south-west during the first week of February.

He said police officers worked a number of night shifts and intercepted 60 trucks.

Fifteen were found to be unroadworthy, seven had speed limiter issues, 11 drivers received penalty infringement notices for work diary offences, one driver was charged with a drug offence and 14 drivers were issued with warnings.

“We found roadworthy issues, log book issues and other low level speed offences while we targeted the Hamilton, Princes and Glenelg highways and the Cobden-Warrnambool Road and the Port Fairy-Hamilton Road,” Sergeant Bryant said.

“The work diary infringement notices are worth $733. We concentrated on the major trucking routes through the district, particularly the Princes Highway and Hamilton Highway.

“This is an operation we want to continue. This is the fifth time we’ve run this operation and it’s very effective.”

Sergeant Bryant said there had been a gradual increase in heavy vehicles using south-west roads.

“There are more and more heavy vehicles on our roads and we need to make sure they are roadworthy and the speed limiters are working effectively,” he said.

“Drivers can be charged or ordered to repair speed limiters.

“We have the ability to download information which shows specifics like the highest speed that truck has been travelling.

“We haven’t had this equipment very long, it’s a reasonably new addition to our equipment and very handy.

“This operation has been put together by one of our highway patrol unit members. We’ve run it five times now and it’s well worth while it will be ongoing.”

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