Almost half of heavy vehicles inspected during the second stage ofa police operation on the South Eastern Freeway yesterday were found to be defective.
Police from the Murray Mallee and Hills Fleurieu Local Service Areas, traffic Support Branch and theDog operations Unit were assisted by members of the Deparment of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure during the crack down on heavy vehicles.
A Police spokesperson said the operation at the Monteith weigh station, located between Murray Bridge and Tailem Bend, began at 2pm and ran until 11.15pm.
“Altogether 350 trucks were put through the weigh station operating on both sides of the freewayatMonteith,” he said.
“They then sent 87 of them on to the shaker to test the axles.
“Forty-one failed the shaker.”
The 41trucks who failed the close inspectionreceiveddefect notices while another 25 were issued with expiation notices for offences ranging from incorrect work diary entries, breach ofvehicle standards and over dimension breaches.
Hills Fleurieu LSA Officer-In-Charge Superintendent Rob Williams said police were concerned by the high percentage of trucks found with defects during the inspection..
“I would like to take this opportunity to remind the trucking industry of their obligation to ensure their vehicles meet all safety and legislative obligations,” he said.
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