Truckies fail the test
Truck drivers racked up thousands of safety offences in a one-month Australasian-wide blitz in May.
The multi-agency crackdown, Operation Austrans, targeted heavy vehicles across Australia and New Zealand. Police and road, transport and safety agencies focused on fatigue, speed, drug use and compliance.
Some 1383 work diary breaches were issued, which included failing to take the required rest.
Almost 940 offences involved speeding, while 42 breaches involved either possessing, trafficking or using drugs, and 21 were for drink-driving.
More than 13,500 defect or breach notices were issued for not speed limiting.
“These are worrying numbers,” said Jon White, CEO of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA), in a media statement.
“Heavy vehicles can weigh up to 65 tonnes and when they collide with another, smaller vehicle, such as a car or motorbike, the results are catastrophic,” he added.
For more details refer to blitz results.
Published on 3 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.