ACT Police and road authorities have this week conducted a crackdown on truck drivers in the territory, as part of a month-long blitz to stamp out drink driving, fatigue, speeding, and unsound mechanical practices in the industry.
Vehicle inspectors were pulling over trucks along the Monaro Highway, testing drivers for alcohol and drugs, and checking vehicles for weight, brakes and load compliance.
The crackdown was part of a blitz on the heavy vehicle industry, codenamed Operation AUSTRANS.
Last year’s operation resulted in eight drivers being fined for load restraint issues and other offences, while a further 12 vehicles were given defect notices.
Inspections will be conducted randomly around the territory until the end of May, and Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson warned truckies to obey the law while on Canberra’s streets.
”We’re looking at fatigue, seat belts, speeding and drink driving or drug-affected drivers,” Sergeant Anderson said. ”We are a hub for NSW, so we do attract a lot of heavy vehicle traffic, and we want to make sure they are complying with the road rules,” he said.
Sergeant Anderson said truck drivers were safe on the whole, but the consequences of dangerous driving in the industry were far greater.
”It can have more serious consequences because of the size of the vehicles, and that’s why we’re undertaking this operation,” he said.
Sergeant Anderson said the Monaro Highway was a road used frequently by truck drivers passing through the territory.
”It does carry a large number of heavy vehicles, so we’re targeting people here at this section together with motor vehicle inspectors,” he said.
Operation AUSTRANS recorded 15,705 total offences involving truck drivers across Australia and New Zealand during May last year.